This article was updated to reflect new information about the suspect in police custody.
A single mom in Ferguson, Missouri, was murdered by a man she met on Facebook, relatives say. Now cops reveal the suspect allegedly planned to pay for sex at her apartment, where police say he robbed and fatally shot her.
Sharae Bradford, 25, was found lying in a pool of blood on her bed Saturday night. Her family said a new Facebook friend stopped by her apartment for the first time, Fox 2 in St. Louis reported.
On Tuesday, police arrested Stassie Greer, 20, on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Greer is being held on $1 million cash bond.
“This was a cold-hearted monster that did this to my daughter,” the victim’s mother, Yolanda Seay, told Fox 2. “He had this already planned, for him to … do what he did. She didn’t bother nobody. She just wanted the best life possible for her and her daughter.”
Greer allegedly arranged to meet Bradford at her home and have sex in exchange for money, court documents reveal. The sicko was identified in a police lineup by a witness who saw him at the victim's apartment.
Surveillance footage showed a man, who appeared to be Greer, leaving the elevator on Bradford’s floor around 4:50 p.m., according to an affidavit from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
About 45 minutes later, Greer was shown getting off the elevator and “trying to conceal his appearance,” according to the statement.
A relative discovered Bradford at 6 p.m. Police say she died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, and investigators found a used condom at the scene.
Meanwhile, the victim’s cellphone and rent money were missing. Officers acting on a search warrant found Bradford’s phone at Greer’s house.
Cops said the suspect’s attire "is consistent" with clothing identified on his Facebook page. Court records, however, don’t mention whether Greer met his victim on the social media platform.
Bradford's mother told Fox 2 that the family learned of the alleged killer after friends started posting on Facebook about him. They claim the man is mentally ill and has a history of violent crimes against women.
“We didn’t know this until everybody started posting things on Facebook about him,” Seay told Fox 2. “They say they know he did this. We know he did this, my daughter is killed. My daughter is murdered because of this.”
Relatives believe her killer was caught on surveillance cameras placed at her apartment complex. They say detectives have taken video footage.
Ferguson police haven’t yet commented on the case, and the cause of death has not been released.
Jeff Small, a city spokesman, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that a family member checked on Bradford after not being able to reach her. She was “bleeding heavily” but conscious when the relative arrived at the scene.
But as paramedics arrived, Bradford was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene, the Post-Dispatch reported.
On social media, friends mourned Bradford and shared pictures of the mom and her beautiful daughter. A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for the little girl.
Bradford often posted adorable pictures of Skilar, whom she and family members called “Ski” on Facebook.
“Failure is not an option wen u got somebody calling u mommy!!” Bradford wrote this month.
Darryl Lindsey, a friend of Bradford, said she was focused on being a good mom.
“That’s what everybody noticed about her,” Lindsey told The Daily Beast. “She loved her daughter.”
Lindsey said Ski is a model for his clothing line, Drama Squad Space Camp Klothing, which promotes stopping violence in St. Louis.
Bradford posted multiple pictures of Ski wearing Drama Squad shirts with the words “Black Lives Matter” and “Team God.”
Lindsey said he has photo shoots every two weeks and kids model T-shirts with positive messages.
“We’re basically trying to bring everybody together,” he said. “[Bradford] liked what I was doing. She wanted her daughter to become involved.”