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Crime Aniah Blanchard died from gunshot wound, authorities say

02:25  03 december  2019
02:25  03 december  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Second Arrest Made In Aniah Blanchard Disappearance

  Second Arrest Made In Aniah Blanchard Disappearance A second person has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, the Homewood woman who was a student at Southern Union State Community College and has been missing for a month, according to multiple news reports. © Auburn PD Aniah Blanchard, the 19-year-old Homewood woman who was last seen Oct. 23. Local news station WRBL reported 35-year-old Antwain Fisher, of Montgomery was arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping. Fisher also goes by "Squirmy," the report says. Patch was not immediately able to reach the Lee County District Attorney's Office on Saturday to confirm news of the arrest.

Investigators have determined that Aniah Blanchard , the 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris who disappeared in October, died of a gunshot wound . Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes did not elaborate on where Blanchard was shot but told reporters

Aniah Blanchard went missing in Montgomery, Alabama on October 23Credit: Auburn Police Department. Authorities identified Yazeed as a person of interest after video surveillance placed him inside the same convenience store in Auburn where Blanchard was last seen on October 23.

Investigators have determined that Aniah Blanchard, the 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris who disappeared in October, died of a gunshot wound.

a woman smiling for the camera: Aniah Blanchard is pictured in an undated handout photo.© Auburn Police Department Aniah Blanchard is pictured in an undated handout photo.

Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes did not elaborate on where Blanchard was shot but told reporters in a news conference Monday that her manner of death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.

Blanchard was last seen at a convenience store in Auburn, Alabama, on Oct. 23. Ibraheem Yazeed, 29, has been charged with capital murder in Blanchard's death, Hughes said, adding that the state plans to seek the death penalty.

2nd arrest in disappearance of UFC fighter’s stepdaughter

  2nd arrest in disappearance of UFC fighter’s stepdaughter AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn police have arrested a second man in the disappearance of a UFC heavyweight fighter’s stepdaughter. Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes told The Associated Press by email Saturday that 35-year-old Antwain Shamar Fisher of Montgomery has been charged with first-degree kidnapping in the disappearance last month of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard. Fisher was arrested Friday and booked Saturday into the Lee County Jail, Hughes told the Opelika-Auburn News and WRBL-TV. Blanchard, whose stepfather is UFC participant Walt Harris of metro Birmingham, was last seen Oct. 23 at a convenience store in Auburn.

Authorities are now saying that the blood found in Aniah Blanchard ’s car indicates a “life-threatening injury.” The man suspected of kidnapping the

Forensic evidence found in the vehicle of an Alabama teen missing since last week indicates she was harmed, Auburn officials said on the town's Facebook page.

Yazeed was seen on surveillance video inside the convenience store at the same time as Blanchard, and a witness outside the store saw him force Blanchard into her her black 2017 Honda CRV, according to charging documents.

He was arrested on Nov. 7 in Escambia County, Florida, and was initially charged with kidnapping in the first degree, a designation that includes the intent to inflict physical injury.

a man standing in a room: Ibrahim Yazeed, center, appears in court for a hearing on the disappearance of college student Aniah Blanchard, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 in Opelika, Ala.© Hannah Lester/AP, FILE Ibrahim Yazeed, center, appears in court for a hearing on the disappearance of college student Aniah Blanchard, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 in Opelika, Ala.

Blanchard's remains were found in a wooded area in Macon County, Alabama, about 40 miles east of the convenience store, on Nov. 25. Her car, which had blood evidence "indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury," was found abandoned at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama, about 50 miles away from the convenience store. The blood was later determined to be Blanchard's.

Remains found believed to be UFC fighter’s stepdaughter

  Remains found believed to be UFC fighter’s stepdaughter AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama district attorney said Monday that authorities have “good reason” to believe human remains found belong to the missing stepdaughter of a UFC heavyweight fighter. The remains were found on a county road in neighboring Macon County, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes told The Associated Press. “I can confirm that human remains have been found in Macon County on County Road 2 and we have good reason to believe they are that of Aniah Blanchard,” Hughes said.Police have arrested two people in the disappearance last month of Blanchard, 19. She was last seen Oct. 23 in Auburn. Her stepfather is UFC fighter Walt Harris.

(Photo: Facebook / Aniah Blanchard ). Authorities recovered her vehicle, a black 2017 Honda CR-V, two days Police said Blanchard ’s car had noticeable damage to the front left tire, which officials said likely occurred between the last time it was seen in Auburn and Friday night when it was recovered.

A gunshot wound (GSW) is physical trauma caused by a bullet from a firearm. Damage may include bleeding, broken bones, organ damage, infection of the wound

Two other people have been arrested in Blanchard's disappearance.

Antwain "Squirmy" Fisher, 35, was arrested on Nov. 22 and charged with first-degree kidnapping. He is accused of "providing transportation to Yazeed, and disposing of evidence," according to a charging affidavit.

David Johnson Jr. was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, on Nov. 25 and charged with hindering the prosecution in Blanchard's disappearance. Yazeed was allegedly at Johnson Jr.'s home Nov. 7 before he left for Florida, ABC Birmingham affiliate WBMA reported, citing court documents. Authorities allege that Johnson Jr. knew that Yazeed was wanted by police at the time.

Yazeed is the "lone person" responsible in Blanchard's murder, Hughes said, promising that while justice for Blanchard would "not be swift," it would "be thorough."

"This case has absolutely shaken this community to its core, he said.

Harris took to Instagram last week to describe the "unbearable" pain he felt after losing his stepdaughter.

"Right now nothing makes sense and I’m so lost," Harris wrote. "I just want you back."

Man charged with capital murder in Aniah Blanchard's death .
Charges against Ibraheem Yazeed were upgraded from first-degree kidnapping."Mr. Yazeed is the only person in this case responsible for abducting Aniah Blanchard. He is the only person responsible for Aniah's murder," Hughes said at a press conference. Yazeed is currently being held without bond.

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