Murder charge after Kzoo woman stabbed, killed

Ieshea Unique Walker
An undated courtesy photo of Ieasha Unique Walker.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A neighbor is identifying the 23-year-old woman killed in a stabbing early Tuesday morning in Kalamazoo.

A neighbor said Ieasha Unique Walker looked “dead already” after the attack, which happened around 12:20 a.m. at the Interfaith Homes of Kalamazoo, located in the 1000 block of Interfaith Boulevard.

The crime happened in an apartment right across from the neighborhood playground. When officers arrived, they found the victim suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was taken to an area hospital, where she died.

Officers say the suspect ran off, but later called dispatch and was arrested on Alamo Avenue. Police initially referred to the 20-year-old suspect as the victim’s stepdaughter, but later clarified that the victim was not actually married to the suspect’s father.

The suspect, Olivia Berry, was formally charged Wednesday with open murder. She was denied bond, which means she’ll stay in the Kalamazoo County Jail.

Olivia Berry
A mug shot of Olivia Berry from the Kalamazoo County Jail. (May 30, 2017)

Authorities are still investigating, and say it is unclear what led up to the stabbing.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, a small fire broke in the backside of the same unit where the stabbing occurred earlier in the day. The fire was quickly extinguished. The fire marshal will be investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information about the stabbing or fire is asked to call KDPS at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100