ST. PAUL, Minn. (trfnews.i234.me) – Kelvin Maurice Perry, 54, is facing a murder charge following the discovery of his girlfriend, 39-year-old Shaqita Thomas, dead in her apartment during a welfare check. Ramsey County prosecutors filed one count of second-degree murder against Perry.
On November 17, paramedics responded to a welfare check at an apartment on the 300 block of Cedar Street. Inside, they found Thomas deceased under a blow-up mattress, prompting them to alert the police.
Thomas exhibited small cuts, head trauma, and signs of a struggle, leading the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine her cause of death as asphyxia, ruled a homicide.
Surveillance footage from the apartment building revealed Perry and Thomas meeting in the lobby on November 15 at 10:10 a.m. They entered her unit, and Perry left alone at 12:49 p.m., as confirmed by key fob data, indicating her door remained locked until medics arrived.
During the investigation, it was uncovered that Thomas had FaceTimed a friend on November 15 at 11:20 a.m. The friend reported hearing shouting in the background, with Thomas claiming Perry accused her of infidelity. Perry’s disturbing actions culminated two days later when he walked in front of a Green Line train, leading to his hospitalization.
Perry, in a call to a friend just before the train incident, tearfully claimed, “Something is going on. My girlfriend is gone – she is dead,” and abruptly hung up. Perry is set to make his initial court appearance on Monday, November 27.