Christine Englehardt, 24, ran marathons, was studying nursing, and managed a pizza restaurant outside Philadelphia.
This month, she decided to travel alone to Miami Beach, which has attracted thousands of young people from across the country during a raucous spring break. Hundreds of miles away in North Carolina, Evoire Collier, 21, was a former high school athlete who lost his mother to illness in high school and told surrogate family members that he hoped to become an occupational therapist.
Collier and Taylor are now in a Miami-Dade jail, accused of drugging and raping her, then stealing her credit cards to continue the partying.
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The story, first reported by the Miami Heraldhas added to international attention on Miami Beach. The city has been swamped by sometimes unruly crowds during the COVID pandemicpolice officers have clashed with partiers and officials have instituted an 8 p.
An only child, she still lived with her parents in Richboro, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles outside Philadelphia. On her Facebookshe often shared about animals: a story about a pig rescued from a slaughterhouse, video of a male pug cuddling with his puppies, a plea for people to adopt dogs from an animal shelter. As she studied, Englehardt worked as an assistant manager at Jules Thin Crusta local pizza chain.
Englehardt was also an avid runner and a Facebook post indicates she was cautious about her surroundings while running alone.
Woman’s sexual assault, death on south beach devastates family
She alerted park rangers. For whatever reason, she did not pick up on what Miami Beach police say were the dangerous intentions of the two men she met in South Beach on March Police said that by the time Taylor got Englehardt to the Albion Hotel, she could barely stand and he had to hold her up as they got in the elevator.
The arrest report said that the men sexually assaulted her in her room even as she fell unconscious, then stole her cell phone and credit cards before leaving. It was unclear from the arrest report whether Englehardt was drinking before she met them, and whether she took the pill willingly, or if she was given it surreptitiously.
A toxicology report will eventually determine the role of drugs and alcohol in her death. Englehardt was pronounced dead in the hotel room. Collier and Taylor are accused of using her credit cards to make purchases during their stay in Miami Beach, and Taylor was discovered days later with her phone.
Taylor and Collier have been ordered held without bond in a Miami-Dade County jail. The charges: burglary with battery, sexual battery, petty theft and the fraudulent use of a credit card.
They could face a potential manslaughter or murder charge if investigators can tie her to death to the drugs she ingested. His aunt, Tanda Collier, said the family is stunned that he was involved in the death of Englehardt. But Tanda Collier said she believes Taylor is to blame and that her nephew was scared of the older man.
Evoire Collier had never before been arrested, according to court testimony and his family. He attended high school in Durham, North Carolina, but lost his mother to illness. His father was not part of his life. Long described Collier as a good student who ran track and played basketball.
After graduating, he considered ing the military. Collier eventually moved into an apartment in GreensboroNorth Carolina, with Taylor. Collier told his family he was going to South Beach this month to try and make connections in the music industry.
When confronted by police, Collier confessed in detail. Taylor did not. Little is known about Taylor. His family could not be reached for comment. In the Ohio case, the man was arrested and convicted for carrying a concealed weapon in The same person also did 24 months of probation for a burglary conviction out of Bay County, Florida. The Dorian Taylor sitting in a Miami-Dade jail is listed as having been born on the same day and year, but a different month. However, mugshots — taken five years apart — appear to show the same person.
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