Twenty-four-year-old Ericka Sharpton was found partially burned on the side of a road in Franklin County, Tenn. last week. On Saturday evening a memorial celebration was held in her honor, but it doesn't appear that much is being released as far as the investigation is going. There have been no arrests in the case, but the details surrounding her life are frightening coincidences when compared to the lives of some of the missing women in the very same state.
Known by her friends as Megan, Ericka Sharpton was a nursing student much like Holly Bobo who vanished last year from her home in Darden -- which is just about two hours west of Erika's home. It's not easy to find what school the girl attended, but could there be any connections whatsoever with the missing nursing student and Ericka, a nursing student who is now dead? It is not at all improbable or impossible, especially since no new information is being released.
It doesn't seem that Ericka was a missing woman, but she was last seen on Sunday, July 1st, a day before her body was found beaten and partially burned. The grass was still burning when a motorist discovered her remains. Cause of death: blunt force trauma, but no other clues!
Kelly Sharpton, the slain woman's mother, said the following:
"She was just honest, she was brutally honest. She was trusting, brutally trusting. She trusted people at face value. She believed that there is no bad, people make bad decisions, but ultimately there is truth in everybody."
Could her trusting and honest nature have led to her murder? It's just not clear right now, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation isn't releasing any information, which is typical when they are on a case. It would be nice if they addressed this case and let it be known whether they suspect this is an isolated crime or not. Was this woman the victim of a random attack by a stranger she should not have trusted or was it someone who she knew intimately? The fact that she was beaten to death and then set on fire kind of alludes to the possibility that the person who did this acted in a rage. It's an extremely intimate act to beat a woman to death like this.
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