Charlotte teen's death reclassified as homicide, $10K reward offered

- The death of a Charlotte teenager in February, 2017 has been reclassified from an undetermined death to a homicide, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. 

Authorities filed the change regarding the manner of death of Shania Hammonds, 18, about one year later, in February 2018. The case was reevaluated and classified as a homicide. 

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Hammonds had been found unresponsive behind a house in the 6500 block of Willow Gate Lane around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, February 9, 2017. She was pronounced dead on scene. 

"Somebody hurt her, because she was ready to live her life. She wasn’t ready to die, so if there’s anybody out there that knows what happened to my daughter, please say something," said Frenetta Hammonds, Shania Hammonds' mother.

Related: 18-year-old woman's body found in backyard in east Charlotte 

Since February of this year, detectives began re-interviewing witnesses and reexamining evidence collected on scene. 

Detective Corey Berman was taken off the case when Lt. Susan Manassah took over CMPD’s Violent Crimes unit this past February.

Lt. Manassah said, “It was being worked, but I wanted it worked harder, and I wanted it worked faster, and I knew that person wasn’t equipped to do that.”

Berman later resigned from CMPD.

FOX 46’s Robin Kanady asked Lt. Manassah, “Did CMPD fail this family?”

Lt. Manassah said, “No.”

Kanady asked, “Why not?”

Lt. Manassah responded, “Why not? Because it was being worked.”

She went on to say, “Now we’ve been able to examine and have clear focus and clear purpose, where that particular detective did he fail her? Yes. Did CMPD? No.”

CMPD is urging anyone with any knowledge of this case to please come forward. A $10,000 reward is being offered for any relevant information pertaining to this case. Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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