A Fayetteville woman who was found dead in her apartment last weekend will be laid to rest Friday (Sept. 13).
The memorial service for Nikisha Keith, 20, will be held at 10 a.m. at Goshen Free Will Baptist Church. Friends have set up an account at Arvest Bank to help pay for Keith’s funeral. Donations can be made to the Nikisha Keith Funeral Fund at any Arvest location.
Police found Keith dead at the Chestnut Apartments Sept. 7, Fayetteville Police Sgt. Craig Stout said.
Stout said they are treating the suspicious death as a homicide until proven otherwise.
“We do that in every death investigation,” Stout said.
Investigators couldn’t find any obvious signs of trauma such as a gun shot or stab wound. They didn’t find a suicide note or medications either.
Stout said someone found Keith at building 2060 apartment 14 and called police.
Neighbors said Keith worked at the leasing office. Beth Carr, who lives at the apartment complex, said Keith was a sweet person.
“She had a kind demeanor,” Carr said. ” It was just very devastating to realize that someone who I though was a really sweet lady had passed away so I’m just upset and sad.”
Kathy Holt said she can’t believe Keith is gone.
“She was well liked by the residents and had a quick smile,” Holt said. “I saw her shortly after 11 a.m. that day and she looked so sad.”
“I wish I would have spoken to her and seen what was wrong,” Holt said.
Keith’s body will be sent to the State Crime Lab in Little Rock.