ATLANTA — The startling news surrounding the death of Alexis Crawford, a Clark Atlanta University senior who was found dead after a week-long search continues to impact people who learn about her tragic murder.
The 21-year-old's death even touched Grammy-nominated recording artist Teyana Taylor. She gave a heartfelt tribute to Crawford during her performance at Thursday’s Red Bull Music Festival.
"Baby girl, Alexis, rest in peace my love," the she said on the stage. Many people posted clips on social media of the tribute.
"My prayers go out to the family of Alexis Crawford," she said.
The singer performed “Rose In Harlem,” penned by Taylor, Blue Jine, Mike Dean. Photos of Crawford were displayed on the wall during the performance.
“It be the ones who said they ride for you,” Taylor sang to a crowd inside West End Production Park, less than a mile where Crawford attended college. The audience sang along with her.
According to a Homicide Unit summary, Jordyn Jones, Crawford's roommate and best friend, got into a physical altercation on Halloween. The report also revealed that 21-year-old Barron Brantley, Jones' boyfriend, got involved with the fight and choked Crawford to death with his hands.
The warrant for Jones alleges she "did smother the victim, Alexis Crawford, with a black trash bag until Crawford stopped breathing and was deceased."
Authorities said Brantley admitted those details during an interview on Nov. 8.
The summary went on to say that Jones and Brantley placed Crawford in a plastic bin and took her body to Exchange Park in Decatur. From there, they put her body in a wooded area.
Quanna Bolden, 27, is a Clark Atlanta University alum, who attended the concert. She also captured the moment on her cell phone and shared some of the performance on Twitter.
“I was shocked and I was saddened as a woman who attended the school and lived on that exact street off campus,” Bolden said. “I’m in town visiting and I was able to go to the vigil. It’s still in everyone’s hearts. I actually spoke to a student that was attending the school right before the show. So, the fact that she (Teyana Taylor) did that is like, wow, she cares.”
“She basically said this next song I want to dedicate to a beautiful [girl] who lost her life at the hands of people she loved,” Bolden added. “People were yelling. It wasn’t a downer. She said we are not going to be down for Alexis. People had tears, but we want to celebrate her life.”
Jones is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 25 and Brantley on Nov. 22.
Crawford's funeral is set for Nov. 16 for 12 p.m. at Cornerstone Church Athens.
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