Murder of pregnant woman shocks residents (U.S.)

Posted on July 20, 2012



A quiet apartment community in north Phoenix was in shock a day after the slaying of a 21-year-old pregnant woman at the complex.

Police announced Thursday the arrest of the woman’s live-in boyfriend, Dwandarrius Robinson, 21, on two counts of first-degree murder. Shaniqua Hall was due to give birth to the couple’s second child in a week or two, police said. They have a 2-year-old daughter.

“The incident itself is out of the ordinary for all parts of our community,” Sgt. Trent Crump said.

Robinson tied up Hall and poured an accelerant on her before lighting her on fire, police said.

Crump said the Desert Horizon Precinct, which oversees the area, reported nine homicide offenses for the first five months of this year.

Shirlene Hoekstra, 63, lived across from the victim and suspect but did not know them personally.

Hoekstra said she was at home when police and firefighters showed up Wednesday afternoon.

“I was totally shocked,” she said. “If it was a random act and they would have never arrested anyone, I would have had more concerns about living here.”

She described the gated Saratoga Ridge Apartment Homes in the 1400 block of East Bell Road as quiet with a mix of young and older residents. The Phoenix native has lived at the apartment complex for 16 months.

“You don’t hear a lot of noise or anything,” she said. “As a matter of fact, this is one of the first incidents that we ever had here.”

The apartment manager declined comment, referring media inquiries to its corporate office, Greystar. A woman at Greystar said the company would not comment.

Saeed Shaikh, who operates a convenience store inside the apartment community, did not know the victim or suspect.

“It’s a very quiet place to live, no crime,” he said. “People who live here are nice. They are people with families.”

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