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Man is arrested in slaying of missing D.C. woman Frazier

Caroline Frazier searched for her missing daughter for months before getting word that police have ruled the case a homicide.

So Frazier knew something was wrong when Latisha hadn't responded to a few phone calls and a raft of text messages.

Just a day before her disappearance, Latisha, whom the family nicknamed "Lil Pooh," had organized a small family gathering at Chuck E. Cheese's, Diamond's favorite playtime restaurant. It was a Sunday, and everything seemed fine.

Latisha was working full time at a McDonald's in Oxon Hill. A graduate of Crossland High School, she was contemplating going to college.

She was enjoying Diamond's early years, and, from what her family could tell, there was no hint that she was in trouble.

"She was just being herself," her mother said of the gathering at Chuck E. Cheese's. "She was happy she was with Diamond, and she was playing with everybody."

Family members can recall every moment, every text they sent Latisha in the weeks after she disappeared.

They sent her messages through Facebook, as well.

The posts' themes were often similar: Are you okay? If there's a problem, we can work it out. Please let us know where you are.

"I keep wondering to myself: Was there something I missed?" a tearful Latoya Frazier, 23, one of Latisha's sisters, said about the mystery of those first days and weeks. "Was she in danger? Was she unhappy? It just doesn't make any sense, because she would never leave her daughter. They were attached at the hip."

All the while, Caroline Frazier sought to get community support: A nearby church community helped distribute fliers. In the fall, a small brigade of supporters canvassed the neighborhood near Mount View Place SE and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE in Anacostia, where Latisha was last seen. The group knocked on doors, talked to people in stores, tacked fliers to trees.

Extended-family members chipped in to help Caroline Frazier make copies of the fliers. In October, the family celebrated Latisha's birthday, putting pictures of her up around a relative's home and festooning a cake with candles.

It was the only thing the Fraziers knew to do. Family members said they quietly prayed to themselves that Latisha would walk though the doors.

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