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Chesterfield mother relieved after person of interest detained in daughter's murder

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A fugitive task force in Georgia has arrested a man who Richmond Police call a person of interest in a Southside homicide.

Richmond Police have been looking for 23-year-old Lionel Carter III in connection with the death of his high school sweetheart 19-year-old Kadijah Stewart. Stewart was found shot to death in a car at the Manchester Lake Apartments on Jan. 31.

After the shooting Carter wrote on Instagram, "I love you to death and even after" outraging Stewart's family.

They are now speaking out after learning Carter is now in custody. Police believe he has information about this case.

"I was kind of relieved that they do have him," said Stewart's mother Kenisha Dorsey. "But it didn't do anything for the pain of losing her. His mother can still see him."

Dorsey just wants the chance to tell her daughter she loves her.

"Because once they are gone it's no coming back," said Dorsey. "Nothing is going to bring my baby back."

Neighbors at the time said it sounded as though there were multiple gunshots. Investigators said the crime doesn't appear random and as of Sunday afternoon detectives were still following up on several leads.

Mom claims the two had a violent relationship, but there were signs on Stewart's Instagram that she was starting to move past the relationship.

"And she would tell her friends if something happens to me don't let him get away with it," said Dorsey. "And I'm not going to let him get away with it."

Carter was arrested in DeKalb County early Sunday on several unrelated warrants and will have an extradition hearing before being transported back to Richmond.

"I'm angry," said Dorsey. "I'm hurt. I just try to tell all her friends and anybody else who will listen: just don't let her die for nothing. Learn something from all of this."

Detectives still want information on the crime. If you can help call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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