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'It's frightening': Alexis Crawford death has AUC students on-edge

The thought that a fellow student met such a violent and unexpected death has sent a shock wave through Atlanta's HBCU community.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta University Center community is in mourning after the loss of one of its own.

Police found the body of 21-year-old Alexis Crawford on Friday after a week-long search. Now, Atlanta Police are charging her roommate and the roommate's boyfriend with her murder. Both are in jail.

As the news of her death, the arrests and more has begun to spread students are reacting to a tragedy that, for many, hits too close to home.

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“A lot of people have just been on-edge,” Camille Dash, a Clark Atlanta University student said.

The news that police found Crawford dead in a Dekalb County park Friday, came as a shock to many in this community of students.

“My reaction was definitely that it’s frightening,” Denton Garrett from Morehouse said. “It’s frightening for everybody in the AUC.”

Clark Atlanta student Camille Dash said she had a class with Alexis.

“I’m not really sure how other people are reacting to it or how they are feeling about it,” she said. “But it makes me feel kind of uneasy.”

The medical examiner’s office determined the cause of death was asphyxiation. Police said they were led to her body by one of the suspects.

Officers secured warrants against and later arrested Barron Brantley. Saturday morning, Brantley waived his first court appearance. Jordyn Jones, Crawford's roommate and Brantley's girlfriend, was arrested Saturday.

Atlanta Police said a motive hasn't been established. Crawford did file a complaint a few days before she was reported missing on Nov. 1. In this report, she described unwanted kissing and touching from Brantley. Jones was the last person to see Crawford according to police.

Clark Atlanta has since released a statement that said, in part, "Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with her family and with everyone who knew and loved Alexis."

Morehouse and Spelman colleges also offered their prayers and condolences.

Barron Brantley remains in the Fulton County jail without bond but is scheduled to face a judge later in November. As for Jordyn Jones, she is set to see a judge on Monday.

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