Christine Englehardt, who died after being drugged and raped, mourned
Pennsylvania woman who was drugged, raped and found dead in a Miami Beach hotel room during spring break was a ‘really good person’ according to close friend who tore up ‘sick’ suspects accused of targeting her .
Christine Englehardt, 24, of Richboro outside of Philadelphia, was found dead and semi-naked Thursday at the Albion Hotel in South Beach, where the pizzeria’s deputy manager is believed to have traveled alone to participate in the annual holiday festivities of spring.
Two North Carolina men, Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 24, were arrested on Sunday for allegedly drugging Englehardt with a “green pill” before raping her and stealing her credit cards, according to the report. police and reports. The two Greensboro men are still being held without bail.
Friends and colleagues of Englehardt are amazed that the North Carolina men are allegedly targeting such a “really good person,” WPVI reported.
“She’s the last person I would think this would happen,” Englehardt’s close friend Samantha DiFrancesco told the station. “It breaks your heart when you know she was a really good person who would do anything for anyone.”
DiFrancesco said she was outraged by the details of the crime.
“Thinking about what she’s been through is sickening,” continued DiFrancesco. ” That’s crazy. ”
DiFrancesco said her friend “always lights the whole room” whenever she is around.
“His laugh was the most contagious laugh,” said DiFrancesco.
John Ordway, who owns Jules Thin Crust Pizza in Newtown where Englehardt worked, said she was shocked to learn of her tragic death.
“She was a lovely young woman who was highly respected by her colleagues and staff,” Ordway told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “She will be sadly missed with her loving family.”
Before Englehardt’s death, Taylor was seen “holding her by the neck so she could stand up,” a Miami Beach police detective said in a hearing Monday.
Investigators said the two had sex with Englehardt at the hotel and Taylor forced herself on her because she appeared to be unconscious.
Collier and Taylor are currently charged with battery burglary, battery sex, petty theft and fraudulent use of a credit card for using stolen Englehardt cards while on vacation.
Police are still investigating whether Englehardt died of an overdose, potentially from the pill she provided him, which is said to be Percocet, according to Miami Beach police.
Englehardt’s cause of death was not determined on Monday, with further testing needed. Collier and Taylor could face a charge of manslaughter or murder if the drugs Taylor allegedly gave him played a role in his death, the Miami Herald reported on Tuesday.
An online fundraiser set up to help offset Englehardt’s funeral costs had eclipsed $ 27,000 by early Wednesday.
“Christine Englehardt’s life was taken from her,” the site reads. “Two men who do not deserve to be named stole this woman’s entire future in a very sickening way and put her mother and father in great grief.
Spring breaker, 24, who was drugged, raped and left to die alone, traveled to Miami alone: father
A 24-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was left for dead in her hotel room after being drugged and raped had traveled to Miami alone for spring break, her father said.
Christine Englehardt, 24, was found dead Thursday after Yvoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 24, gave her a “green pill” and sexually assaulted her at her South Beach hotel.
Englehardt had made the 1,200-mile trip from her home in Bucks Country, Pa., Until spring break, her father told NBC Miami. Englehardt
He said he knew the two men had been charged with his death.
Collier and Taylor appeared in Miami court on Monday charged with battery burglary, petty theft, sexual battery and credit card fraud.
They may also face charges of manslaughter or murder if the drugs they gave him are proven to have played a role in his death.
Christine Englehardt left her home in Bucks County, Pa., For Spring Break in Miami, an annual alcohol-fueled street and beach party.
Evoire Collier, left, and Dorian Taylor, right, appeared before Judge Mindy S Glazer in Miami court on Tuesday
Friends of the victim took to social media to pay tribute to Engelhardt.
Posting on Facebook, friend Rachel Kerr called for “Justice for Christine.”
“I wish I could ask God why the good die young,” Kerr wrote.
“I feel like it was yesterday that I saw you in Jules and we were talking about making plans to catch up. You were an amazing, outgoing and beautiful woman. I will cherish all of our memories that we shared together. Rest in angelic paradise Christine Englehardt. #JusticeForChristine. ‘
According to her Facebook page, Christine Engelhardt worked as deputy manager of the Jules Thin Crust pizza chain.
A member of Christine’s family, Dora Engelhardt, changed her Facebook profile picture to that of Christine.
“Thinking of you and sending prayers,” said one commenter.
A photo on Christine’s public Facebook page showed her beaming with pride after completing the Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon in 2019.
According to a police report, Collier told officers the two met Englehardt at a local restaurant before giving him the drugs as they walked along Ocean Drive.
The group then returned to the Albion Hotel at 1650 James Avenue, the Miami Herald reported.
Surveillance footage taken from the hotel lobby shows the two men entering the hotel with Englehardt around 1 a.m. Thursday.
As they entered the building’s elevator, the woman staggered and Taylor held her from behind “by the neck so she could stand up,” Miami Beach Detective Luis Alsina said in a hearing Monday. .
Close friend of Englehardt called Justice For Christine and praised his “amazing, outgoing and most beautiful wife”
Englehardt worked as an assistant manager at the Jules Thin Crust pizza chain in Pennsylvania and was an accomplished distance runner.
Evoire Collier, 21, left, and Dorian Taylor, 24, right, both of Greensboro, North Carolina, were arrested on Sunday in connection with the death of Christine Englehardt, 24.
Collier said he and Taylor both had sex with Englehardt and that Taylor raped her because she appeared unconscious, authorities said.
Police said Englehardt was unable to consent to sex with either of the two men while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Collier said he believed the pill they gave Englehardt was Percocet, a strong pain reliever, but authorities are investigating the possibility that it is a narcotic such as fentanyl.
It is not known if she took the medicine on purpose or if she was doped.
Collier and Taylor then stole her phone, money and credit cards and left her unconscious in the room “with no concern for her well-being or safety,” the police report said.
The two men were then captured by the hotel’s surveillance cameras leaving the building about an hour after their arrival.
They then allegedly went into a frenzy using the victim’s cards at “various locations” in Miami Beach, including the South Beach Liquors store.
Englehardt’s semi-nude body was found on the hotel room bed on Thursday and emergency services were called.
A cause of death has not yet been determined, with the Miami-Dade medical examiner’s office performing further tests to find out if she died from an overdose of the pill given to her by the suspects, reported the Herald.
Christine Englehardt was reportedly given a ‘green pill’ before being raped and left for dead
Collier and Taylor appeared in Miami court on Monday.
At the hearing, broadcast on NBC Miami, Collier’s sister told Judge Mindy S Glazer that her brother had never been in trouble with the law before and requested his release on bail.
“I am gravely baffled by these charges and accusations against him, but I can attest to his character and I can attest to the responsibility of his trial for all charges,” his sister said.
“Please let my brother come home and let our family handle the situation appropriately, we will do whatever is necessary that Miami-Dade County asks of us. ”
But Judge Glazer refused the request and the two men were kept in custody without obligation.
“The victim couldn’t even pick up a phone after doing what they did to her,” Justice Glazer said.
Additional police have been drafted to quell unrest, which has seen more than 1,000 revelers arrested in Miami
This year’s annual spring break fiesta quickly descended into chaos, with police arresting 1,000 revelers romping around after coronavirus lockdowns.
Facing a wave of violence in the city, Miami Beach police instituted an emergency curfew at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Five different law enforcement agencies are working to patrol the city, which has seen wild parties.
Miami Beach police have faced criticism after using pepper bullets and sonic cannons on crowds on Saturday night in what black officials called “unnecessary force.”
City officials say they are concerned about the potential of large crowds to drive the spread of the coronavirus and cite lawless behavior and mass destruction of properties as additional reasons for imposing the curfew, which on Sunday was extended until three weeks.
Miami Beach was calm Monday night after a tumultuous weekend when officials called for a state of emergency and imposed a curfew to curb wild parties and the resulting riots.