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Suspect Clark Atlanta student's death spent time with family

A murdered Clark Atlanta a student of one of her best friends, a family spokesman said Sunday, and had invited her to spend a holiday with her family.

Alexis Crawford's family hosted Jordyn Jones for both Easter and Thanksgiving, said the Rev. Markel Hutchins during an interview Sunday on behalf of the victim's family. Jones and her boyfriend, Barron Brantley, both 21, have been charged with felony murder in the death of Crawford, 21. Crawford and Jones were at an apartment near the Clark Atlanta campus.

"That makes that tragedy all the more difficult to understand and reconcile, "Hutchins said.

Crawford was found in DeKalb county park after one of the suspects. Nov. 1

, but investigators said it was already killed; Hutchins said Crawford died on Halloween.

An autopsy conducted by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office determined Crawford died from asphyxiation, or a lack of oxygen. Crawford was strangled, Hutchins said Sunday.

"They knew Jordyn, they liked Jordyn. Jordyn would not say anything wrong or ill to Alexis, "Hutchins said. "One family member described them as two peas in a pod. It's unthinkable, unspeakable. "

The women have been friends since their freshman year of college. Crawford, one of 10 children, has a younger brother who attends Clark Atlanta. In a letter to the Clark Atlanta community, university president George French called Crawford's death "the worst possible news" and an isolated, off-campus incident.

"Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with each other loved Alexis, "French said in the letter, posted on social media after her article found

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Though the investigation into Crawford's death continues, a possible motive is Crawford reported to police. 27. Brantley was the suspect in the Oct. 26 incident, which allegedly happened at the apartment Crawford shared with Jones during the three were consuming alcohol, the report states.

Crawford said she was blacked out and did not do all that Brantley allegedly did. She underwent a medical exam at Grady Memorial Hospital following the incident. After the reported assault, Crawford said she was uncomfortable in her own room, she had been sleeping on the couch in the living room, according to a report.

"I do not think any rational or right-thinking Person would think those incidents are disconnected, "Hutchins said.

Brantley's arrest on Friday violated his bond condition for a previous February arrest on theft, battery and cruelty to children's charges, booking records showed.

After the assault, Crawford and Jones was not on speaking terms, Jones told police. But Crawford asked her to take her to a liquor store on Oct. 30, Jones said. Surveillance images captured the last photos of Crawford alive.

Hutchins said he had "very strong feelings" about the response to Crawford's allegations, but said that it was not "helpful or appropriate" to

Crawford's funeral will be held at noon Saturday at the Hill Chapel Baptist Church , 1692 W. Hancock Ave., Athens. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, the metro Atlanta-based funeral home handling arrangements.

Staff writer Alexis Stevens contributed to this story.