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Woman Killed In East Charlotte; Homicide Total Eclipses 2018

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Police say a woman was found stabbed to death early Tuesday morning in east Charlotte. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers found the woman, later identfied as 35-year-old Aliyah Sakinah Terry, about 2 a.m. in a neighborhood off Plaza Road Extension while responding to a call of assault with a deadly weapon. Terry was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The department says officers had responded to a 911 call at the same location a few hours earlier and learned there had been a dispute between Terry and her boyfriend, who had already left the scene.

Police say are currently looking for Isaih Andrew Henderson, 32, in connection with the case. A murder warrant has been issued for his arrest. 

Terry's death is the 59th homicide in Charlotte this year. There were 58 in all of last year.

[City, County Officials Address Rising Violent Crime In Charlotte Area]

Local leaders have acknolwedged the spike in homicides and have appealed to the public to help them stem the rise in violent crime. 

Mayor Vi Lyles said on WFAE's Charlotte Talks in May that she wanted to take a "three-pronged approach" to the problem that included studying the city's homicides from the last three years, reaching out directly to communities where violence has risen, and forming a citizen "action group" that communicates with other citizens affected by violence and recommends new initiatives.

"It's really about caring for each other," Lyles said, "And when we stop doing that, we have to remind ourselves, and go back, and figure out how to approach it differently so we can get that caring back."

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police ask anyone with information about the case to call 704-432-TIPS to speak to a homicide detective. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or go to charlottecrimestoppers.com.