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Latest update on Laken Hope Riley murder by non-citizen

A suspect was arrested Friday in connection with the brutal murder of a Georgia nursing student.

The University of Georgia Police Department arrested 26-year-old Jose Antonio Ybarra on Friday in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Laken Hope Riley.

University Police Chief Jeff Clark said Ybarra is not a U.S. citizen and does not attend the university.

“According to multiple DHS sources, he is in the country illegally from Venezuela. Sources say he entered El Paso, Texas in September 2022 and was released due to lack of detention space.” is” news nation report.

Ybarra is being held on charges of malicious murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, interfering with a 911 call and concealing the death of another person, according to reports. WSB TV.

Police believe Ybarra did not know Riley and called the killing of the Augusta University nursing student a “crime of opportunity.”

“He saw someone and something bad happened,” University of Georgia Police Chief Jeff Clark said at a news conference Friday. “This was someone who woke up that day and had malicious intent.”

Police do not know the motive at this time.

Riley’s disabled body was discovered around 12:38 p.m. Thursday in a wooded area behind Herrick Lake on the University of Georgia campus in Athens. Police said she was “unconscious and not breathing and had visible injuries to her.” Her first responders pronounced her dead at the crime scene.

She reportedly went jogging on the UGA campus and was reported missing by a friend at 12:07 p.m. Thursday.

Police said Riley’s cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Riley was a student at UGA until last spring, when he transferred to nearby Augusta University.

According to , she was a dean’s list student in her third year. school.

Classes at the UGA Athens campus and the Augusta University College of Nursing campus in Athens were canceled Friday.

The UGA Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Athens-Clarke County Police Department have launched an investigation into this gruesome murder.

Ibarra’s younger brother, Diego Ibarra, was stopped by police during the investigation and arrested on suspicion of presenting a false green card.

ABC News “Diego Ibarra has been charged with federal charges of possessing a fake green card and is in state custody.”

Riley’s sister, Lauren; share It’s a heartbreaking tribute to her “natural best friend”.

Her distraught sister wrote on Instagram: “She was the best sister ever and a best friend built in from the beginning.” “This is unfair and I’ll never understand, but I know you’re in heaven right now with the person you love most. I don’t know what to do, but everything will be for your good.” “Here we go. I can’t wait to give you the biggest hug one day. I miss you Laken and love you forever.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, a UGA alumnus, Said He and his family were “truly shaken and heartbroken to learn of Laken Riley’s tragic death.”

The UGA Police Department is asking anyone with information to call 706-542-2200.

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