Crime Scene Photographer Makes Shocking Discovery
'It was like this heavy weight; I kept not believing it'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 14, 2015 2:17 PM CST
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(Newser) – A New Orleans police crime lab technician was called to a crime scene to photograph a shooting victim, only to realize that the dead man was her ex-boyfriend and father of her child. Thirty-one-year-old Jonathan Dotson Sr. was killed early Saturday morning in a home under construction, the Times-Picayune reports. Crime lab technician Alonia Singleton said she was photographing the scene when she saw the shooting victim's tattoos and began to realize who he was. Before the victim was placed in a body bag, she asked others there if he had the name "Alonia" tattooed on his chest. He did. "I started backing up," she said. "It was like this heavy weight. I kept not believing it."

Singleton said that after discovering Dotson was the victim, she drove to his mother's home to deliver the devastating news. Jonathan Dotson and Singleton had met in high school and dated for about five years. They have an 8-year-old son. Dotson, a New Orleans native, worked at various French Quarter restaurants. His current girlfriend, Likera Lee, says he had been trying to find work as an actor. Shortly before his death, he had portrayed a shooting victim in an independent film called A Quiet Storm. New Orleans police have not publicly disclosed a motive or possible suspects in Dotson's death.