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26-year-old Jose Antonio Ibarra arrested for the murder of Laken Riley at University of Georgia

Her cause of death was attributed to blunt force trauma.



The police chief at the University of Georgia has identified the individual accused of the murder of nursing student Laken Hope Riley on campus.

On Friday evening, Chief Jeff Clarke announced the arrest of Jose Antonio Ibarra.

Clarke stated that Ibarra is confronted with a comprehensive array of charges, including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call, and concealing the death of another.

Jose Antonio Ibarra Mugshot

Ibarra, reportedly 26 years old, resides in an apartment in Athens, Ga., the location of the university.

Not being a U.S. citizen, his immigration status remains unclear. “I believe this was a crime of opportunity,” remarked Clarke, indicating that evidence points to Ibarra acting independently and that Riley’s homicide was an isolated occurrence.

Ibarra’s immigration status was not immediately determined by investigators, according to the chief, who stated his belief that the suspect hails from Venezuela.

“At the moment, I am unaware of his complete status,” he remarked. “He is not a U.S. citizen.”

Clark also mentioned that during the initial stages of the investigation, police initially detained three to four individuals, but ultimately only arrested and charged Ibarra.

Although the legal status of the perpetrator remains uncertain, if the Chief’s statement is correct and he is indeed a Venezuelan migrant—possibly admitted under the ongoing ‘special status’ program—it is high time to acknowledge the evident truth: Maduro appears to be following in Castro’s footsteps by sending his criminals to the U.S., and we are inadvertently facilitating their entry.

According to CBP documents, he entered El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 and was subsequently released due to insufficient detention space.

Following the discovery of her body, classes were canceled Thursday afternoon. Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student at a different institution, vanished while out for a run.

Her cause of death was attributed to blunt force trauma.