Family of mother found shot, burned in DeSoto County want answers

Lashanda Otis (SOURCE: Facebook)
Lashanda Otis (SOURCE: Facebook)

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - A Memphis woman was found shot and charred by a burned car in DeSoto County, Mississippi, on Tuesday.

Deputies identified Lashanda Otis, a mother of three with a baby on the way, as the victim.

Otis was found partially burned and shot in the head.

Loved ones said Otis' boyfriend was questioned in the case but released due to a lack of evidence.

Investigators said the Chevy Impala Otis was found next to did not belong to her.

Her sister Aretha believes it belongs to Otis' boyfriend.

"It's a very sad situation because she didn't have to go through that," Aretha said.

Aretha said her sister grew up in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas and was the mother of children ages 2, 4, and 9.

"She was a very good, outgoing person," Aretha said. "She was smart and caring. She didn't mind helping nobody."

Otis' cousin, pastor Izah Broadus of New Faith Baptist Church, said it all comes down to prayer.

"Prayer. Prayer is the key," Broadus said.

Broadus and others are planning a BBQ fundraiser in Helena-West Helena at The Black and White Barbershop. They have also started a GoFundMe page to help the woman's children and family.

The BBQ fundraiser is Thursday afternoon and starts at 5 p.m.

"Someone in the family has to step up and take on that responsibility," Broadus said. "And that takes a lot of support right now."

The proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward funeral costs and to help support her three children.

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