Update: Police identify woman who died after being shot in northeast Wichita

Rowena Irani (Courtesy: Wichita State Student Involvement Twitter)
Rowena Irani (Courtesy: Wichita State Student Involvement Twitter)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are investigating a murder after a 22-year-old woman died after being shot in the head on Monday.

The woman, identified as Rowena Irani, was found in the 2600 block of North Meadow Oaks Street in northeast Wichita around 4 p.m.

Irani was transported to the hospital in critical condition. She later died. During the investigation, officers learned family members tried to contact her, but they were unable to reach her. Irani was supposed to pick her mother up from work around 3 p.m., but she never arrived.

Dane T. Owens (Courtesy: Sedgwick County Jail)

Irani’s mother went to check on her daugher and found that she had been shot one time.

“Through interviews with family members, we learned that the victim had recently broken up with her boyfriend a couple of weeks earlier,” said Lt. Todd Ojile, Wichita Police Department.

Twenty-seven-year-old Dane T. Owens was arrested after being found at a home in Andover. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail for one count of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated burglary on Tuesday. On Wednesday, that charge had been upgraded to intentional first-degree murder according to booking reports. Kansas State University confirmed that Owens was a sophomore at the university majoring in social work.

A weapon used in the crime was recovered from an east Wichita lake.

Wichita State Student Involvement tweeted out a picture of Rowena Irani. They said she was a vibrant and passionate member of the SI family.