Police: Two people in custody in connection to murder of Starkisha Thompson

Posted at 10:26 AM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 12:47:32-04

Two people are now in custody in connection to the murder of Starkisha Thompson, according to Detroit Police. 

The 33-year-old woman was shot and killed in an ambush outside her home on Collingham near Cordell on Detroit's east side on the morning of Oct. 9 shortly after dropping her teenage son off at school.

Six days ago, Starkisha testified in a carjacking case out of Harper Woods, and her family believes the carjacking case is tied to her murder.

Starkisha's father Curtis Thompson is devastated and bitter because he says Harper Woods police pressured his daughter into testifying against the man accused of carjacking her and her boyfriend at a gas station in September. 

"She didn't want to testify because these guys were violent," said Thompson who began having heart trouble Oct. 9 as he stood on the other side of the taped-off crime scene, watching Detroit Police begin the investigation into his daughter's murder.

Detectives have not ruled out that the killing is connected to Starkisha's testimony in the carjacking case.

"It's still early, and we don't want to be premature, but we have some leads we're following up on," said Detroit Police Captain Mark Thornton. 

Anyone with additional information in the murder of Starkisha Thompson is urged to call Detroit Police homicide investigators at 313-596-2260. 

Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP where they will remain completely anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.