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Family: Woman slain in St. Paul received threats

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 20-year-old woman who told family members she feared for her life was killed in an alley behind a St. Paul church, according to police and relatives.

Relatives said Naressa Turner, an aspiring rapper, moved to Atlanta with her 3-year-old daughter this summer because she had been getting death threats over social media sites. People mistakenly believed she had witnessed a murder this year in St. Paul, her family told the Star Tribune.

"It's crazy; it started with a rumor on Facebook," said Cario Turner, her uncle. "She said it was just rumors and that she didn't see anything."

Her aunt Tara Green, of Atlanta, said Turner lived with her for several months and also stayed with some cousins there.

"She was afraid for her life," Green said. "This was the kind of violence she was trying to avoid."

Green said she didn't know why Turner recently decided to return to St. Paul.

"She wanted to get away," Green said. "I don't know why she came back. I do know that I wish she hadn't."

Police said officers found a woman's body in a vehicle behind Iglesia de Dios Rios de Agua Viva on Sunday afternoon after responding to reports of shots fired. They did not identify the woman, but relatives said it was Turner.

Police spokesman Howie Padilla said investigators will look at whether threats were posted on social media. It's too early to say whether relatives' suspicions are valid, but "we're going to look at everything," he said.

Turner's death is the 14th in St. Paul this year.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.