Taylor Ave Homicide Arrests


Evansville Police have made an arrest in the Thursday afternoon assault that resulted in the death of 28 year old Diamond Sheppard-Rankin. 

Officers were called to 730 Taylor at 3:55pm for a person down. Medical crews from AMR and the Evansville Fire Department were also dispatched to the home. Sheppard-Rankin was found inside the home suffering from serious injuries. Medical care was provided at the scene and the hospital, but Sheppard-Rankin did not survive her injuries. 

An autopsy is scheduled for later today, but police believe Sheppard-Rankin was stabbed during the assault. The official cause of death will be determined by the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office. 

Investigators have two people in custody in connection with the murder. Both people will be booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail today. Their preliminary charges may change as the investigation continues. Additional information will be available once the arrest affidavits are complete.

Suspect #1- Fitolay Demesmin (37)


Suspect #2- Kalei Obasa  

                     Assisting a Criminal 

Taylor Ave homicide arrests