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Recent BYU-Idaho graduate murdered

Aaron William Davis, a former missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a recent BYU-Idaho graduate passed away this weekend due to multiple stab wounds.

David was stabbed approximately 20 times according to Floyd County Deputy Coroner Chris Giles.

Davis graduated from BYU-I in July. His body was found in an abandoned car near Tumlin Drive in Rome, Georgia. According to an article by the Rome News-Tribune, he was confirmed as a BYU-I graduate because he was carrying a university identification — his I-card.

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According to the Floyd County Jail’s website, the suspect in the case, Brandon Christopher Risner, also 21, was arrested on Saturday and is being held on no bond with charges of felony murder, concealing the death of another, aggravated assault and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.

“Most of you have heard by now that our son Aaron was savagely taken from us,” wrote his father, Randy Davis, on Facebook.

Investigators say Risner was involved in an altercation “which caused the death of the victim.” Then he “attempted to conceal the body by removing it from the scene to another area off of Tumlin Drive,” the warrant states.

Police said Risner initially ran from officers during the investigation and disobeyed commands to stop.

“We will miss him forever,” Randy Davis said on Facebook. “We trust through the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ that we will see him again and he will always be part of our eternal family.”


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