UPDATE: The cause of death for 24-year-old Rachel Lomax has been released.
The Vanderburgh County Coroner says she died of blood loss from internal injuries due to blunt force trauma to the abdomen.
A bouquet of flowers rests on the deck outside Rachel Lomax's apartment turned crime scene, where police say the 24-year old was beaten and later found dead Sunday morning.
Lomax was killed in her apartment and officers have arrested 31-year-old Racxon Cruze McDowell. Evansville Police believe he murdered Lomax.
"We still don't know why. What drove this person to be that violent," said Jason Cullum with EPD.
According to the coroner's report, an autopsy performed on Monday showed Lomax died of blunt force trauma to her abdomen that led to a laceration of her liver that caused her to bleed out from the inside.
On Monday, neighbors say they're trying to make sense of it all.
"I wish there was someway I could have helped her or if I'd known her. Just so she had someone to say something to instead of having to come to this," said neighbor Tabitha Brown.
At about 10:20 a.m. Sunday morning, dispatchers received a 911 call. The caller reported finding a young woman unresponsive in her apartment on Mt. Vernon Avenue.
"When officers got there, they observed the medical crews were working on her and she was declared dead at the scene," Cullum said.
The caller was McDowell, Lomax's boyfriend who she lived with. Upon initial investigation, police say the death looked suspicious.
"When officers got there, one of the things that they observed was there was visible trauma. So they notified the detectives in crime scene, which is standard procedure, and they shared that information with them, and the investigation into the death began," Cullum said.
According to the police affidavit, Lomax had 'obvious trauma to her face and head area', and there were signs of an altercation at the upper level apartment.
"The two had been at a bar in Evansville last night. They arrived home early this morning and got into a physical altercation," said Cullum.
McDowell was taken into police custody for questioning. McDowell admitted to police that he slammed Lomax's head into a door and excessively punched her in the face. He also admitted that his actions caused her death.
"The suspect has been in prison before for violent crime, but we don't feel that this individual is a threat to anybody outside of his own home," Cullum said.
Police say McDowell had just been released from federal prison in March for conspiring to sell more than 500 grams of methamphetamine back in 2004.
He is scheduled to be back in court Thursday morning to be formally charged with murder.
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