A Cleveland culture reporter was found shot to death inside a trailer alongside an uncle she had just recently reconnected with after her grandmother’s death.
Nikki Delamotte, 30, and her uncle, 67-year-old Robert J. Delamotte, were found inside a trailer in Perrysburg Township in Ohio, Cleveland.com reported. Nikki Delamotte had been a reporter for that outlet for two years.
Police are investigating the deaths, which they believe happened Sunday, as a double homicide.
“It’s with heavy hearts we report the tragic death of Nikki Delamotte, a popular culture reporter with @clevelanddotcom. Nikki was found shot dead in a suspected homicide Monday in Wood County,” Cleveland.com tweeted on Monday.
JoAnne Ullman, Nikki Delamotte’s mother, told Cleveland.com she reported her daughter missing Monday after she didn’t get a response to text messages she'd sent her. The bodies were found later that day, according to the Associated Press. Details of the killings have not been disclosed, nor has a potential suspect.
“Nikki Delamotte was the new friend you'd known forever. She was that warm, that giving, that caring - and that much fun to be around,” Cleveland.com wrote in an editorial. “And how could anyone kill someone so good, so kind, who uplifted all of us through her writing and celebrated all that was good, quirky and delicious about Cleveland?”
The publication has described her as a “journalist with heart.”
“She loved cats, and dogs, stuffed animals and humankind in almost equal measure, and deeply loved her family, including her recently deceased, adored grandmother,” the paper wrote. “She sought to lift spirits and build bridges and celebrate life with every story and tweet and video and photograph she ever published. Which were many. Her Twitter page had more than 4,000 followers at her death.”
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