On Nov. 25, Michelle Rowling of East St. Louis posted a cryptic Facebook status.

"If anything happens to me tonight just let my kids know I loved them dearly and tell my momma I love her."

Rowland was stabbed to death less than one week later.

The post, according to the St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly, was about her ex-boyfriend, Montrell Cooper, 25, who had been serving a jail stint since August for assaulting Rowlings. She had just learned of his release.

"I just got some f---ed up news," Rowlings wrote in a comment under her status.

On Saturday night, police responded to a disturbance in Rowling's housing complex and found her bleeding from multible stab wounds. She was pronounced DOA at the hostpital.

Police are still searching for her ex-boyfriend, who is a person of interest in the murder investigation. Rowlings was a mother of two.

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