Police search for leads in homicide of woman in Aurora parking lot


Chelsea Yasser with her son

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AURORA, Colo. -- A woman who was found with stab wounds in her neck in the parking lot of a Burlington Coat Factory in Aurora on Sunday night and later died has been identified.

Chelsea Yasser was 21 years old, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

One of Yasser's four Facebook pages said she lived in Arizona. Her last post on Saturday showed a photo she took of herself in a bathroom mirror. On that page, her step-grandmother asked if anybody had information on her death.

It's something the Aurora Police Department would also like to know. Officers found her with multiple stab wounds after responding to a call for a welfare check outside the Burlington Coat Factory at 1200 S. Abilene St.

The single mother of a nearly 3-year-old boy died 45 minutes later at the hospital. Her father said she had only been in Colorado about two weeks, visiting on a business trip with her boyfriend.

He wouldn't say anything more for fear of jeopardizing the investigation. Yasser's mother called her "a wonderful person, beautiful, who did not deserve to die this way."

Yasser posted frequently about her baby boy, Gauge Chamberlain.

"I am so blessed to have him as my son. He has taught me what love really is...” she wrote.

She then moved to Mesa, Ariz., a few  months later and worked at a sporting goods store.

Her posts turned self-reflective.

"I am not proud of the person I was, the things I did, the people I stole from, the people I lied to, and overall the people I hurt that tried to love me," she wrote.

Then, a sign of trouble surfaced on Feb. 5 when she was arrested in Mesa for shoplifting. Two-and-a-half months later, she was gravely injured and alone in a dark parking lot, with many questions remaining as to why a young woman with so much living ahead of her was now inexplicably gone.

Yasser's son is living with his grandmother.

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