Ezell was last seen Jan. 5 at her home on the 1700 block of West Allegheny Avenue, according to the Philadelphia Police Department. The same day she went missing, police responded to her home to investigate a "homicide by shooting." WPVI-TV reports the victim in that instance was Ezell’s 78-year-old roommate Stanley Lawton.
Philadelphia Police arrested 31-year-old Walter Heard on charges of murder, aggravated assault, robbery, and burglary, as well as other offenses. According to WPVI, Heard is the son of Ezell and Lawton’s landlord. Kim’s daughter Jameelah Ezell told WPVI that Heard allegedly asked Kim for their rent money around the time she died. Kim, however, reportedly wanted a lease agreement on paper.