Roanoke PD) UPDATE: Roanoke Police have made an arrest in the July 2019 murder of 24-year-old Salonya Evans.
Throughout the course of the investigation, Kai Lansana, 32 of Alexandria, VA, was identified as a suspect in the homicide that occurred on Morehead Avenue SE. Lansana was indicted in early November for charges of First Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony, and Statutory Burglary regarding this investigation. Lansana was taken into custody in Frankfort, KY on November 9th by the U.S. Marshals Service and held in the Frankfort County Regional Jail. He was extradited back to Roanoke and charged with the above indictments on November 22nd.
We commend the dedication of the investigators assigned to this investigation – their long hours, hard work, and commitment to solving this homicide brought this man to justice. We hope this arrest brings some comfort to Salonya’s family and community, who continue to mourn her loss.
This remains an ongoing investigation and no further details can be released at this time.