Tawana McGowen’s family appeared at a Crime Stoppers press conference and offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the killer’s arrest and conviction.
“I just want to find out who killed my niece. She was a good person…and I really miss her. We just need everybody’s help. If you seen something, we really need your help,” said McGowen’s aunt Sharleen Leatherwood
McGowen was killed on Jan. 11 as she pulled into her driveway on Arnold Street, between Elmira and Plymouth roads in Redford Township, police said.
McGowen worked an overnight shift as a patient care technician and had arrived home early in the morning to take her 10-year-old son to school.
McGown was newly wed and her husband had left the home 10 minutes before she got home to take his children to school, police said.
Family members said McGowen called her son, Kyle, on the phone as she was driving home and told him to lock the doors and set the alarm, but she did not say why.
Police said as soon as she pulled into the driveway, a man wearing a black coat got out of a black vehicle that was parked across the street and pulled her out of her car and shot her twice.
“She held her hand up and she was shot through her hand,” said McGowen’s mom, Lorine Brown.
McGowan’s son heard the gunshots and ran out to find his mother dead.
“He (Kyle) thought she was playing, and then he rolled her over and saw blood everywhere. He tried to do CPR and said, ‘I don’t want my mama dead.’ He stood up and yelled, ‘Help me. Please someone help me,’” said Brown.
Brown said that McGowen’s son is receiving counseling to cope with his mother’s death.
“Everyday Kyle is asking about his mom. He wants to know why someone would do that to his mom. He loved his mom so much. He said he loved her so much because she loved to do everything he loves to do,” said Brown.
Brown said at the press conference that McGowen was involved in a custody battle with Kyle’s biological father at the time of her death.
Kyle’s biological father was granted custody of the boy earlier this week.
Brown said the boy’s father is being looked at as a person of interest.
“There might have been some connection (between the gunman and suspect). A relationship of some sort,” Redford Township Police Chief John Buck had said during the initial homicide investigation.