A Texas man, who still lives with his mother and has her clean his room, has been charged with murder and is behind bars. 24-year-old Alex Akpan has been charged with the murder of 23-year-old Irene Yemitan. He tried to hide the remains of her body in his bedroom, where he lives with his mother, by stuffing her into the recycling bin. But Yemitan’s remains were easily discovered on September 5, 2018, when Akpan’s mother went into her son’s room to do his chores and found the green recycling bin in plain sight.
Because the green bin was supposed to be in their backyard, the Houston woman went over to check it out and see what could possibly be inside. When she opened the lid, she found that her son had been up to no good. A human foot stuck right out at her, and she screamed.
His mother then dumped out the contents of the bin and found Yemitan’s violated body inside. She called her ex-husband, and together they alerted authorities to what Akpan had done. She even tried to perform CPR on Yemitan’s corpse, but the young woman was long gone.
Yemitad had her entire future ahead of her. She hoped to make people feel beautiful and was pursuing a career as a beauty stylist at Houston Community College. Akpan put an end to her dreams.
Authorities could not find any obvious sign of trauma, but from how her eyes looked, they think she was strangled to death. And after a thorough investigation and an autopsy, the coroner ruled the Yemitan’s cause of death was strangulation.
A witness told investigators that Yemitan had met Akpan only days before he killed her. The witness was Yemitan’s friend and had been with her when they befriended Akpan at the West Oaks Mall. He was a fellow student at the community college and was studying computer science.
The day before she died, Yemitan and the witness had gone over to Akpan’s house, where he lived with his mother. He had grown furious with Yemitan because of the way she parked her car. He threw a chair at them and screamed.
The day before she was murdered, Yemitan posted a YouTube video titled “Lite Updated?”
“Where have I been? What have I been doing? Hold up, I have some explaining to do. I’ve been at school, that’s what I’ve been doing. School, living my best life. I do have some things I wanna tell Y’all, but it’s a surprise. I’ll share that with y’all later. Anyways, I can’t complain. I’m blessed, I’m happy, I’m doing what I need to do. I’m taking care of myself.”
Akpan refused to give a statement to the police as they arrested him. Instead, he requested a lawyer. Initially, he was just charged with tampering with evidence of a human corpse and was released on $10,000 bond. Now he’s back in jail on murder charges.
Authorities requested the Akpan be held on $500,000 bond because his family had plans to send him back to Nigeria to avoid the trial. They also said he was an “extreme danger to the community.” But the Houston judge set his bond at $250,000.
Friends remember Yemitan as a fighter who kept moving forward despite relentless bullying in high school because of her skin color.
“Her soul was too beautiful for this world,” Quaneisha Morris told the Houston Chronicle. “Irene had the biggest, the most pure heart. No matter what people did to her or said to her, she was always kind.”