A reported fire at an apartment early Friday quickly turned into a homicide investigations. Mobile police said the victim inside the burning apartment had been stabbed.
Davona Tinsley is drawing strength from family and friends, as she tries to make funeral arrangements for her daughter.
Tinsley found out about the murder just a few hours before the family had planned to gather for a July 4th cookout.
“She told my momma, she said I’ll be here in the morning. I’ll be here early in the morning to help you, and she had plans to be with her family and her kids,” Tinsley said.
There was a stuffed animal at the front door where 26 year old Satori Richardson was found early Friday.
Mobile Police and Mobile Fire Rescue were called around 4:30am to the Chaumont Apartments on Navco Road. Once the fire was out, they found a woman in a room suffering from stab wounds. She was taken to the hospital where she died.
“She was a sweet girl, loving always smiling, janking and laughing and always willing to help others,” Tinsley said.
Tinsley said she and her daughter spent a few hours together Thursday night. Tinsley said it was late when Richardson left to go home.
“We ate together. We got to laugh together. And before she was leaving she said bye momma, by grandmomma. But, I’m at peace,” she said.
According to Tinsley, Richardson shared an apartment with her two children, a six year old boy and her 4 year old daughter, and a boyfriend she had been with for about a year.
“She was there with my little grand baby. My little grand daughter was there,” Tinsley said.
Tinsley says the four year old was at home when her mother was stabbed and the apartment set on fire.
“I know she got out. She got out in time. As a matter of fact she went down to my niece house, I got a niece live a couple doors down and knocked on the door and told her about her mother,” she said.
While police have not released the name of a suspect, investigators said it is a person known to the victim, and they believe the suspect stabbed Richardson, and set the apartment on fire.