The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

March 2, 2012

Mother seeks answers in daughter's death


PRINCEVILLE — A mother of the woman who was killed when she was run over by a car is still looking for answers to her daughter's death.

Lakisha Ann Wynder, 36, of Princeville, was found on the U.S. 64 Bypass near Bethel at 1:13 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. According to 1st Sgt. M.A. Williams of the State Highway Patrol, Wynder was reportedly hit by a car driven by a Tarboro woman.

Williams said the department investigated the wreck and did not charge the driver, but Faye Wynder, the victim's mother, doesn't believe her daughter died as a result of the car accident.

"Somebody killed my daughter and put her in the road," Wynder said as she closed her eyes in obvious pain as she recalled her daughter's death. "I was told she was raped and stabbed. They didn't have to do that to her."

Wynder’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Greenville for an autopsy, but as of Wednesday, the cause of death was as yet undetermined.

Pitt County Sheriff Department Public Information Director, Christy Wallace said, "We are waiting to see other information but as of right now it is undetermined."

The incident is still being investigated by the Sheriff's Department and Highway Patrol.

Faye Wynder said she last saw her daughter alive on Feb. 10 when she left to visit a friend at a mobile home park located less than a mile from her home in Princeville.

"The next thing I know I got a call that she was dead."

On Thursday, a wreath was placed at the residence that Lakisha called home for 18 years. Inside the home, a 4x6 unframed picture of Lakisha on top of the TV was the only visible reminder of her. She was the mother of three children, including 19-and 18-year-old girls, as well as a 2-year old son. She also had two grandchildren, including a newborn she had never seen.

"She was a good-hearted person," her mother said. "She got along with everyone. I don't know why anyone would do anything to hurt her."

As the investigating continues, Wynder's family is preparing for her funeral. Faye Wynder said neither she nor her daughter worked and, as a result, don't have the money for a funeral and burial.

Community Activist Greg Higgs is soliciting funds to help the family.

"It bothered me that this happened to Kisha," Higgs said. "It's not like her to walk in the middle of the road. This is a very unfortunate incident. We can't bring her back, but we can give her a decent burial. They (the family) need all the help they can get.

Donations may be made to Ward Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., /CO Lakisha Ann Wynder, 903 W. Academy St., Robersonville, 27871.