Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Murder of Tawana McGowan


Tawana McGowan (30) was tragically murdered outside of her Redford, Michigan home on January 11th, 2010. Her killer still remains at large. 

On the morning of her untimely death, Tawana was returning home after working an overnight shift. She arrived at her residence around 8:30am, and was planning to take her 10 year-old son to school. Before Tawana could even enter her home, she was approached by an unknown assailant who shot her twice in the head. Her son found her body lying face down in the snow shortly thereafter. The killer(s) had already fled the scene in a vehicle. 

Once police began investigating, they noted that Tawana's murder "did not appear to be random." It was immediately believed that she was targeted by someone she knew. Tawana's husband was investigated and cleared. In March 2010, it was reported that Tawana's ex/her son's biological father is a person of interest. However, years have passed and no arrests have been made.

While in high school, Tawana was best friends with the late R&B artist Aaliyah. Over the years, fans of Aaliyah have shared Tawana's story and bring more attention to her murder investigation. Tawana's family members believe that police have not investigated the case thoroughly. Media coverage about her murder has been scarce as well. 

Tawana's son has started a petition in hopes of bringing more attention to his mother's case. If you'd like to sign the petition, you can do so here.  If you have any information that could lead to Tawana's killer, please call (313) 387-2500 to submit an anonymous tip.

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