Luther “Luke” Henderson, 39, of Roswell, Fulton County, Georgia, United States has been arrested by the Tukwila Police Department. He was charged with murder.
Henderson and Tykeisha Dixon Henderson, 33, got married on February 20, 2021. They each had children from previous relationships.
On the evening of May 6, 2021, the newlywed couple left her three sons aged 10 to 16 with a babysitter and drove from Roswell to Atlanta to pick up his daughter at a Taco Bell in Atlanta, Georgia. The couple argued while in the car, a blue Chrysler 200, and he broke his wife’s cellphone by throwing it out the car somewhere on North Avenue in Atlanta, the daughter told Tykeisha’s brother Harold Dixon.
Later that night, Luke fatally shot Tykeisha near the intersection of North Avenue and Parkway Drive in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood in Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Police Department. He later dumped her body on a rural road outside the city of Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois, USA.
Tykeisha was reported missing on May 8, 2021. The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis found her body on a road outside Edwardsville at 5:49 a.m. on May 9, 2021.
On May 22, 2021, the Tukwila Police Department apprehended Luke just outside Seattle, King County, Washington, USA for an outstanding warrant by the APD for felony murder. He is expected to be extradited back to Atlanta.
“My sister was a beautiful person, the life of every party, a caring and unselfish person to anyone, no matter their color or background, etc., and a very beautiful and loving mother,” Harold said of Tykeisha in a statement obtained by 11Alive. “I don’t know what else to say, as I, myself, am broken. She didn’t deserve that.”
A GoFundMe page was created for the cost of Tykeisha’s funeral arrangements and to help her three sons. Her brother Talaris Adams told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she was “a very caring, loving person.”
“She never met a stranger and her smile literally lit up the room,” Adams said of Tykeisha. “If you weren’t her friend before she first met you, you would be by the end of the night. She just loved people and she didn’t deserve what happened to her at all.”