The police chief said they found Crawford’s body after one of the suspects told them where she was located. The medical examiner lists Crawford’s cause of death as asphyxiation. According to the police, the suspects are Crawford’s roommate, 21-Year-Old Jordyn Jones, and the roommate’s boyfriend, Barron Brantley.
What We Know:
- According to documents released on Tuesday, Crawford was strangled to death and her remains were placed in a plastic bin and was dumped in the park. Hours after a late-night run for alcohol, Jones and Crawford got into a fight inside of their apartment. Brantley got involved in the fight and choked Crawford until she died.
- The chief expresses her condolences in a news conference, “The case has come to one of the saddest conclusions possible and has been absolutely heartbreaking. To Alexis’ family, our hearts go out to you. I am so truly sorry that we could not provide you with a better ending”.
- Rev. Hutchins, who is advising the Crawford family, said they are devastated and heartbroken. Hutchins said he spoke to the family after the horrible news broke. Crawford’s mother was unable to speak and her father said, “If they wanted to take somebody’s life they could have taken mine. They didn’t have to kill my baby; they didn’t have to kill her.” He repeated that statement several times. Crawford’s father also added “I know God doesn’t make any mistakes.”
- Clark Atlanta President George French Jr. sent a letter to the university expressing his condolence. In it he wrote, “Our deepest prayers and thoughts are with her family…Tonight we mourn together.” He also said the university would be providing additional counselors.
- Crawford’s sister said they last talked on October 30, around 8:44 p.m. Crawford asked her sister what her plans were for the weekend she said “Nothing.” Crawford’s sister told police that Crawford didn’t respond to any text messages after that.
- Crawford’s mother said her daughter was in good spirits and laughing when they last spoke on October 30. The family filed a missing person’s report on November 1. Five days prior, Crawford filed a police report on her roommate’s boyfriend for unwanted touching and kissing.
- Crawford’s roommate told police the last time she saw Crawford was around midnight before going to bed, the police report said. The roommate told police that Crawford wasn’t home when the roommate left for class, and the door was locked with the deadbolt. The police report said Crawford’s iPhone, ID, and debit card were missing from the apartment, but her phone charger and key were found on the table.
Crawford’s roommate Jones and her boyfriend Brantley face charges of malice murder. They may face life without the possibility of parole. On Sunday, records show both suspects are in police custody in Fulton County Jail.