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UFC News: Aniah Blanchard died of gunshot wound, suspect charged with murder

Anurag Mitra
03 Dec 2019, 19:56 IST

Aniah Blanchard
Aniah Blanchard

Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes has announced that UFC fighter Walt Harris' stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard was killed by a gunshot wound and capital murder charges are being pressed against arrested suspect Ibraheem Yazeed, who was initially charged with first-degree kidnapping. (h/t MMA Fighting)

The prosecutors are seeking capital punishment for Yazeed who is believed to be the person responsible behind he death of the 19-year-old Aniah. Blanchard went missing on 23rd October and her body was later discovered and identified by police authorities in a place near Macon County, Alabama.

After performing an autopsy on the body, the authorities confirmed that she was killed by a gunshot wound and since Yazeed was seen forcing Blanchard inside her car against her will, he is being charged for the heinous act.

Hughes promised that justice will be served and the perpetrators will be punished in a manner that deters anyone from committing such a horrific crime in the future.

“In the interests of public safety, I can say that the investigation has determined Ibraheem Yazeed to be the lone person responsible for Aniah’s abduction and her murder and he remains in the Lee County jail without bond."
"The process of seeing justice done on behalf of Aniah and her family will not be swift, but it will be thorough. It is my intention that the response to this horrific crime serve as a warning to anyone who believes they want to come to Lee County and engage in violent criminal behavior. You will be dealt with and the consequences will be severe.”
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