BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo Police have arrested the man they say murdered a 13-year-old girl. Police say he confessed to stabbing 13-year-old LaNasha Rollerson to death. His quick arrest came after her heartbroken family pleaded for the public’s help.
Buffalo Police released disturbing details Thursday morning. Police say 21-year-old DarShawn Morris tried to cover up the murder, and left LaNasha's body behind a garage for several days before she was discovered by police, after they followed a few leads.
We know LaNasha disappeared Saturday. Tragically her family reported her missing Sunday around 1 p.m.but police say by that time she was already dead. Police say she was killed around 3 or 4 a.m. Sunday.
Officials say she was at a house party, but it’s unclear what her relationship was with Morris. In the police report News 4’s Nalina Shapiro obtained, it states the defendant Morris, who police say was married, beat and stabbed her to death. Police say they're also waiting for test results to find out if she could have been raped.
Wednesday police got a tip that Morris was at ECMC. Neighbors told us they thought they saw him before he was arrested and he appeared distraught. He was arrested around 11 p.m.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said, “He removed the body from the apartment. The body was found, as I said, yesterday in the 100 block of Newburgh Avenue. He also moved some evidence and had some other things, he tried to cover up initially”
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, “I want to again let the family know that we feel very deeply for their loss.”
A family member tells Shapiro over the phone they are relieved that Morris is behind bars. He's been charged with second-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bail. He'll be back in court for a felony hearing next Tuesday.
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