The Pennsylvania girl who was drugged, raped and located lifeless in a Miami Seaside lodge room over spring break was a “genuinely good particular person,” in line with an in depth pal who ripped the “sick” suspects accused of focusing on her.
Christine Englehardt, 24, of Richboro exterior Philadelphia, was discovered lifeless and semi-nude Thursday at the Albion Lodge in South Seaside, the place the pizza store assistant supervisor had reportedly traveled by herself to participate in the annual spring break revelry.
Two North Carolina males, Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 24, had been arrested Sunday for allegedly drugging Englehardt with a “inexperienced tablet” earlier than raping her and stealing her bank cards, in line with police and studies. Each Greensboro males stay held with out bail.
Mates and associates of Englehardt are shocked that the North Carolina males would allegedly goal such a “genuinely good particular person,” WPVI reported.
“That is the final particular person I might ever suppose this might occur to,” Englehardt’s shut pal Samantha DiFrancesco informed the station. “It simply breaks your coronary heart when you understand she was a genuinely good particular person who would do something for anyone.”
DiFrancesco stated she was outraged by the particulars of the crime.
“To suppose what she went by way of, it’s sickening,” DiFrancesco continued. “It’s sick.”
DiFrancesco stated her pal all the time “lit up the whole room” every time she was round.
“Her snicker was the most contagious snicker,” DiFrancesco stated.
John Ordway, who owns Jules Skinny Crust Pizza in Newtown the place Englehardt labored, stated he was shocked upon listening to of her tragic demise.
“She was a stunning younger girl who was well-respected by her co-workers and employees,” Ordway informed the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We alongside together with her loving household will very a lot miss her.”
Previous to Englehardt’s demise, Taylor was seen “holding her by the neck so she may stand,” a Miami Seaside police detective stated at a courtroom listening to Monday.
Investigators stated each males had intercourse with Englehardt at the lodge and Taylor allegedly pressured himself on her as she gave the impression to be unconscious.
Collier and Taylor are at the moment charged with housebreaking with battery, sexual battery, petty theft and fraudulent use of a bank card for utilizing Englehardt’s stolen playing cards throughout their trip.
Police are nonetheless trying into whether or not Englehardt died from an overdose, doubtlessly from the tablet they provided her, which was believed to be Percocet, in line with Miami Seaside police.
Englehardt’s explanation for demise had not been decided as of Monday, with additional testing wanted. Collier and Taylor may face a manslaughter or homicide cost if the drug that Taylor allegedly gave her performed a task in her demise, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday.
An internet fundraiser set up to assist offset Englehardt’s funeral prices had eclipsed $27,000 as of early Wednesday.
“Christine Englehardt’s life was taken from her,” the web site reads. “Two males who don’t should be named stole this girl’s total future in a really sickening means and put her mom and father in quite a lot of heartbreak.”