Nonprofit Offers Reward In March 2017 Stabbing Death in Steubenville

A nonprofit organization is offering a reward for information in the case of the stabbing death of a woman a year ago.

Latoria Magsby, 26, who was from Chicago but living in Steubenville, was stabbed more than four dozen times in the early morning hours of March 26, 2017.

She was found on a bed in the apartment in the rear of 543 Arden Ave. The woman who owns the building where the apartment is located was returning home when she saw the door ajar to the apartment, said Police Chief William McCafferty. The woman went inside and discovered Magsby.

McCafferty said a vehicle was seen coming up Arden Avenue at a high rate of speed shortly before Magsby’s body was discovered.

Police investigated the case and information was presented to the county grand jury but nobody has been charged.

Magsby had two children, ages 5 and 7.

Sheena M. Jones of Choose Yes, a nonprofit organization raising awareness of social injustice and community building, said the group is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading the arrest of the person responsible Magsby’s death.

Jones said anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or by e-mail at SouthernOhioCrime stoppers.org. Anyone with any information also can call City Police Detective Mark Taylor at 740- 283-6000, ext. 2503, or reach him by e-mail to marktaylor@cityofstubenville.us.

Members of Magsby’s family participated in a balloon release and prayer vigil outside 543 Arden Ave. on Monday afternoon, Jones said.

The group also is passing out flyers to residents and businesses about the reward and the need for information.

Jones said the group has been working with police and the county prosecutor’s office on the case.

“The information, no matter how minute, is important. We need need people to come forward and say something,” Jones said.

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