Police said Monday that it appears that Tierra Hall, the 17-year-old Jordan High School student whose body was found behind a empty house on Saturday, was not the victim of a random attack.
Investigators had said Sunday that they were treating Hall’s death as a homicide. They have not named any suspects or a possible motive for her death.
Hall, who lived in the 4200 block of Garrett Road, appeared to have suffered severe head injuries, according to ABC11 Eyewitness News. A couple found her Saturday afternoon behind a house in the 4100 block of Trotter Ridge Road, off Garrett Road, about three miles from her home.
Police hadn’t determined how long Hall’s body was behind the house. She had not been reported missing, said police spokesman Wil Glenn.
The teen’s mother, Koteya Hall, 38, said she and her daughter had an “emotional discussion” Thursday night. Hall went to school Friday, and her mother said she texted and called her throughout the day without getting an answer.
“I thought she was mad at me,” Koteya Hall said.
When Tierra Hall didn’t come home Friday night, her mother assumed she was staying with a friend. When her daughter still wasn’t home Saturday evening, Koteya Hall began to worry.
“I decided that if she was not home by 1 o’clock I’m going to call the police because that’s when the buses stop running,” she said.
The police knocked on Koteya Hall’s door at midnight.
“They told me my baby was dead,” she said before sobbing. “I would not believe that. I could not believe that.”
Then she looked online and saw photos of her daughter posted “everywhere.”
“No one is telling me anything, and it’s agonizing because I know nothing,” she said. “Somebody does, and I want them to come forward because if it was your family you would want them to do the same thing.”
Koteya Hall said her daughter did not mention having a beef with anyone at school or in the neighborhood. She said Tierra was mistrustful of people and always came straight home from school.
Tierra Hall was a junior at Jordan High School, which is closed for spring break this week. The school system notified teachers and staff about Hall’s death and has set up a hotline for students.
Timia Frink, a ninth-grader, said she met Tierra in August. The two became friends after Frink’s family moved into the same apartment building. The two girls hung out together at the community pool.
“She was so nice,” Frink said, her eyes filling with tears. “She was just a sweet girl.”
Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Investigator J. Barr at 919-560-4440, ext. 29325, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.