Was Carrie Jean Melvin the victim of random violence or a calculated killing? The nature of Melvin’s death strongly suggested the latter.
Carrie went for a stroll and a bite to eat with her boyfriend on the evening of July 5. They were walking along Sunset Boulevard when, without warning, a man walked up behind Carrie and fired a single shotgun blast. Melvin was struck in the head and died almost immediately. According to witnesses, the gunman calmly walked away and left the scene in a black sedan.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 25, 2015
According to CNN, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested the man they suspect to be behind the aspiring actress’s death. The suspect’s name is Ezeoma Obioha. The 31-year-old was taken into custody on suspicion of murder. Obioha’s bail is set at $1 million, and he remains in jail, though he has not been charged.
LAPD Lt. John Radke told the Los Angeles Times, “We have been working hard around the clock on this and we didn’t want to draw attention to the leads we developed.” Radke described the shooting as a “terrible crime” that you “don’t forget.”
Carrie’s father Bernie Melvin told the press he was “thankful” an arrest had been made but didn’t intend to “celebrate.”
“This was a violent, senseless, meaningless act.”
The connection between the deceased Melvin and Obioha is a financial dispute that police suspect might have turned violent. Ezeoma allegedly hired Carrie to help promote his luxury shoe line business. Unfortunately, a check that he wrote bounced, and Melvin was still owed several hundred dollars. The situation reportedly forced Carrie into financial difficulty — she took a second job as a waitress.
Ezeoma Obioha worked as a security guard until his license expired in May. It’s not known how Carrie and Ezeoma met, or how she came to work for him. What is known is that Carrie was serious about the money she was never paid and intended to take Obioha to court.
— Robert Kovacik (@RobertNBCLA) July 25, 2015
Those who know Ezeoma describe him as a polite man who was never “moody or upset.” However, he did come across to others as a bit self-serving — a man who often had ulterior motives. Though he was part of his neighborhood watch, members noted he used the opportunity and connection to chiefly promote his security business.
Was Ezeoma an opportunist turned murderer? It’s just one of the many questions arising from the tragic murder of Carrie Jean Melvin.
[Image Credit: Carrie Jean Melvin / Facebook]