Monday, February 26, 2024

Illegal immigrant Kills Georgia Nursing Student

Tragedy Strikes: Nursing Student Found Dead on UGA Campus


In a heartbreaking turn of events, 22-year-old nursing student Laken Hope Riley was found dead near a lake on the University of Georgia (UGA) campus in Athens. The discovery has left the community in shock and mourning, as authorities investigate the circumstances surrounding her untimely demise.

The Discovery

On February 22, 2024, Riley's friend reported her missing after she failed to return from a morning run around the Intramural Fields on what is typically known as "East Campus." The UGA Police Department immediately launched a search operation. Tragically, Riley was found unconscious with visible injuries in a forested area near Lake Herrick. The evidence at the scene indicated foul play, prompting further investigation by law enforcement.

Cause of Death

The official police reports have now revealed that Laken Hope Riley died from "blunt force trauma." The details surrounding this tragedy remain under scrutiny as authorities work diligently to piece together what happened. Her cause and manner of death are still pending further examination.

Laken's Journey

Laken Hope Riley was an active and well-liked member of her community. She transferred to Augusta University's College of Nursing from UGA after the spring 2023 semester. Despite her busy schedule as a nursing student, she remained active in her sorority (Alpha Chi Omega at UGA) and participated in community activities. Riley had even made the dean's list at Augusta University College of Nursing last fall.

Her social media posts reflected her vibrant life—a smiling photo with friends just days before her death, and her participation in the Athens, Georgia Half-Marathon last October. She was pictured with her mother, Allyson Brown Phillips, who expressed excitement about having her daughter home for the weekend.

Community Response

The tragedy has deeply affected both students and parents within the UGA community. Veronica Bennett, a concerned mother, emphasized that relying solely on safety apps is insufficient for campus security. She called for additional security improvements beyond existing measures to prevent such heartbreaking incidents in the future.


An arrest was made in the case of Laken Riley's murder.  A 26-year-old, Jose Antonio Ibarras, a resident of Athens Georgia was arrested. He was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call, and concealing the death of  Riley. 

Ibarras is an illegal immigrant who crossed the border illegally in September of last year from El Paso.  He was arrested numerous times around the United States, particularly in New York though the NYPD denies this. His brother was arrested as well for Green Card fraud.  Jose's wife spoke about their relationship stating they got married to fool the American system into giving them asylum status.  This story is one of many regarding the criminal activities of illegal migrants entering our nation.  Something has to be done to vet these people. America failed Laken Hope Riley. Democrats failed her and led to her death with their lax justice systems. 

As we mourn Laken Hope Riley's passing, we must reflect on how to better protect our students and communities. Her memory will live on as we seek answers and strive for safer campuses across our educational institutions.


*Note: This blog post is based on official reports and information available at the time of writing.*



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