A young woman and her boyfriend friend have been charged with the murder of Alexis Crawford, the Clark Atlanta student who was found dead in a park and died of asphyxiation.
Crawford's roommate, Jordyn Jones, and Jones' boyfriend, Barron Brantley, have been charged with premeditated murder in Crawford's death.
"That makes that tragedy all the more difficult to understand and reconcile," Rev. Markel Hutchins told AJC. "They knew Jordyn, they liked Jordyn. There was never a reason to suspect that Jordyn would do anything wrong or ill to Alexis."
Police say that they believe that the incident may be related to a sexual assault Crawford reported to police Oct. 27. Brantley was the suspect in the incident, which allegedly happened at the apartment Crawford shared with Jones. All three were drinking at the time. Crawford had claimed that she blacked out and that Brantley assaulted her in her sleep. She was afraid to stay in her own room and resorted to sleeping on the living room couch.
Jones told police she saw Crawford around midnight before going to bed, a police report said. Crawford was not in the apartment the next morning when the roommate left for class, and the front door was locked with a deadbolt, per CNN.
"The mood has been very hard. A lot of students have been trying to take into account what happened and just find answers to things we can't find answers to," said student government president Levon Campbellper MSN News.
Brantley's arrest reportedly violated his bond conditions for a prior arrest on charges of theft, battery, and cruelty to children, according to the report.
They both remain in police custody.