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Spokane police: Investigation of young Black woman's death is ongoing

Diamond Morrow, 23, died on Sunday, June 28, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office. The cause and manner of death are pending.
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SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane police say the death investigation of Diamond Murrow, a young Black woman, is ongoing, according to Julie Humphreys with the Spokane Police Department. 

Humphreys said investigators are submitting samples to the state crime lab for toxicology.

Spokane police addressed social media posts surrounding the death of a young Black woman in Spokane in late June. 

Multiple people reached out to KREM about the death of 23-year-old Diamond Morrow, with some referencing a Facebook post claiming that she was murdered in her home. The post has been shared by people across the country. 

KREM previously reported that detectives were investigating the death. But the police department has now publicly clarified the actions it's taking.

On July 3, the police department posted a thread on Twitter, addressing the accusations that it was not investigating a murder. 

"Unfortunately, inaccurate information (which has been repeated thousands of times on social media) indicated the police department was not conducting an investigation and had ignored this incident," the department wrote. "That information spread across social media is inaccurate and grossly misleading."

Read the full Twitter thread here

On June 30, the Spokane Police Department told KREM that major crimes detectives were investigating Morrow’s death, according to Spokane Police Sgt. Terry Preuninger. He could not comment on whether foul play is suspected.

Police have answered social media inquiries from as far away as Philadelphia and South America regarding Morrow's death, Preuninger added. 

The Spokane County Medical Examiner is also conducting its own investigation. 

Morrow died as the result of an incident in the 700 block of E. Hartson Avenue in Spokane on Sunday, June 28, according to the medical examiner's office. Her cause and manner of death are still pending.

Pending is a temporary designation when additional investigation, information or test results are required for certification. The designation is amended once all information and test results are received. 

Kitara Johnson, a Black activist for youth in Spokane, said in a Facebook post that her heart is broken over the death of Morrow, who she mentored.

“When you work with young people and they grow up, they don’t leave your heart,” she wrote.

This is a developing story. This article will be updated as new information is available.   

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