Alabama student is found murdered in her apartment; her boyfriend, the main suspect

The student was found by a relative who called 911.

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An Alabama woman, who was attending college with dreams of pursuing a career in graphics and design, was found murdered in her apartment. over the weekend, according to police.

Madison Shea Pilkington, age 25, from Hoover, was found dead Saturday inside her apartment at The Halstonthe Hoover Police Department said in a statement last Sunday.

Pilkington’s family was concerned when they learned he didn’t show up for work Friday at Baumhower’s Victory Grille in Vestavia Hills, as reported by

A family member who was concerned about the student’s absence went to check on her and found her unconscious inside her apartment shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday, calling 911, according to the Police Department.

Madison Shea Pilkington
Madison Shea Pilkington. (Foto: GOFUNDME)

“Evidence collected in the case revealed that Pilkington died as a result of an assault,” Hoover police said. Pilkington died of blunt force trauma., they added.

However, authorities quickly identified Cortez Lenarde Warren, 32, also from Hoover and Pilkington’s boyfriend, as a suspect, authorities said Monday.

He is believed to have been Pilkington’s boyfriend for less than a year, reported.

On Saturday, police began a search for Warren and the white Nissan Altima he was driving, reports.

Warren was seen driving through Irondale and Birmingham, and then onto Interstate 65 with officers from three different cities in pursuit.

Warren allegedly got involved with a group of officers during a lengthy car chase that ended when he stopped on the road, according to reports. ABC 33/40 News.

Police arrested Warren, who was booked into the Hoover City Jail.

Cortez Lenarde Warren
Cortez Lenarde Warren was arrested. (Photo: Hoover Police Department)

For their part, Hoover authorities announced that detectives have obtained the necessary warrants for Warren’s arrest to proceed with the case. Warren is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Warren will be booked into the Jefferson County jail later this week as police continue to investigate the death of his girlfriend.

The family needs help paying for the funeral and final expenses, so created a GoFundMe to receive contributions.

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