Police Say This Interracial ‘Online Date’ Ended in Woman’s Death

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*Uh oh. So many people are having a hard time meeting someone for a variety of reasons, so they have acquiesced to the whole online dating scene. Sites such as Match.com, Black People Meet.com, and old schooler, eHarmony, have all probably seen a spike in their memberships. But then again, you can’t ignore the presence of television shows such as MTV’s “Catfish” out there that reminds us that not every person is who they say they are. Unfortunately, for one young woman, the risk of online dating may have led to her untimely death.

The body of an Arizona woman named Angela Russo, 25, was found in a shallow grave recently. She had been missing since her April 19 date in West Phoenix with Lashawn Johnson, who she had met online, reports CBS affiliate KPHO.

Johnson, who was already in jail on another matter, has been charged with her death.

Russo’s body had been buried about 50 miles west of Phoenix, in the Tonopah desert.

Reportedly, her car was found burned nearby.

Russo’s mother Diana Schalow was obviously devasted when she learned the news of her daughter’s death. She told the station her daughter met Johnson on an online dating site.

“It does actually give us a slight bit of closure,” Schalow said. “You go to sleep with different pain but at least, we’ve gone searching for her so many times.”

No further info on how Johnson came to be charged as the killer (other than the fact that he is reported as the last person to see her alive) is available. Russo’s cause of death hasn’t yet been released.




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