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26-year-old found dead in Bedford Heights apartment, ex-boyfriend arrested

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 5:03 PM EST
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BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Law enforcement said they’ve located and arrested the prime suspect in the death of a 26-year-old Bedford Heights woman.

Bedford Heights police said they found the body of Gina Lampton on Friday inside her apartment on the 5300 block of Northfield Road.

Police were conducting a welfare check when they found Lampton’s body. They said one of her friends had called police saying they were worried about Lampton, since she wasn’t responding back to any of her friends.

Police said Lampton’s body was wounded, but didn’t give specifics.

They identified Lampton’s ex-boyfriend, 39-year-old Steaven Cawthorne, as a suspect and on Saturday issued a warrant for his arrest.

Three days later, U.S. Marshals said they located and arrested Cawthorne in Akron.

But, police have not yet said what charges Cawthorne is facing.

“She just had a passion for people,” said Jeanny Kajinga, Lampton’s best friend.

Lampton was an HR recruiter, but Kajinga told 19 News that Lampton wanted to do so much more. She said her best friend had plans to make a real difference in the world, especially in the in lives of young girls in need of help.

“She was in the process of starting an organization for mental health awareness, specifically for young African women,” Kajinga said.

Kajinga said Lampton‘s family moved to the U.S. from Sudan when Lampton was a kid.

“I’m still in denial,” Kajinga said.

Kajinga said Lampton‘s birthday is coming up on November 21 and they had been planning a special week to celebrate Lampton turning 27.

“I have moments where I break down and then I’m like: ‘What are you doing? Gina’s coming, she has a birthday dinner, her gifts are here. Like she has to be there, she’s going to be there.’ And then reality sets in,” Kajinga said.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Bedford Heights police at 440-439-1234.

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