The Last: Slain student’s father, thanks to the Spanish community

BROOKLYN, Iowa – The Latest on the University of Iowa student who was stabbed to death and dumped in a cornfield in the middle of Iowa (all times are local):

11:40 pm

The father of slain Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts has thanked the Hispanic community for its support during the long search for his daughter.

A Mexican farmworker who is suspected of being in the U.S. illegally has been charged in Tibbetts’ death.

Speaking Sunday during a ceremony for his daughter, Rob Tibbetts not directly aimed at the comments of President Donald Trump and the others who were seized at the suspect’s citizenship to advocate for changes in U.S. immigration laws.

However, The Des Moines Register reports Tibbetts said that in the weeks that he was looking for his daughter, who he met Hispanics in Brooklyn, Iowa, who were sensitive and kind.

He says that the members of the Hispanic community have “the same values as Iowans,” and he calls them “Iowans with better food.”

The body of the 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was found Aug. 21. The authorities believe that she was abducted while running July 18.


10:20 pm

A brother of slain Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts played through his grief and led his high school football team to victory in the season opener.

The Des Moines Register reports that Scott Tibbetts threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom High School beat Lisbon High 35-24 on Friday night in Lisbon. The victory came less than 48 hours before a memorial service Sunday for his 20-year-old sister.

Authorities say a 24-year-old suspect, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, led investigators to her body in a cornfield last week about 12 miles (19 kilometers) to the southeast of her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. She was missing since July 18.

Lisbon officials met with their opponents to be desired, that there are no displays or tributes about Mollie Tibbetts. The visitors wore t-shirts with a small honor: teal wings with the initials “MT” in a heart. The wings remain there the entire season.

Scott Tibbetts declined to comment after the game.


10:05 pm

An immigrant charged in the fatal stabbing of an Iowa college student has hired new defense lawyers.

Lawyers Chad and Jennifer Frese filed paperwork Sunday to represent Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who is accused in the killing of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts. They are expected to be in the place of the attorney Allan Richards, that the name of President Trump “sad and sorry” for labeling his client is guilty before the trial.

Rivera, a dairy worker, suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, was charged with the murder last week.

Richards says Rivera’s family hired him and he has not yet spoken with Rivera about to replace. Richards says that he understands if Rivera wants lawyers with more criminal experience.

Jennifer Frese confirmed on Monday that the two are privately retained to represent Rivera.


9 hours

The father of Mollie Tibbetts, whose body was found last week in central Iowa cornfield, asked the hundreds of mourners to remember the 20-year-old by “the celebration of something beautiful” instead of focusing on how she died.

Tibbetts was remembered Sunday afternoon during a ceremony in the gymnasium of the Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom High School in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Rob Tibbetts urged congregants to remember his daughter and her passion for life and her desire to help others. To his call to celebrate “beautiful” things, Tibbetts recognized a couple who had just married the day before during his eulogy.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera has been charged with first-degree murder in Tibbetts’ death. The authorities have said Tibbetts was kidnapped during the run of July 18. An autopsy shows she died of stab wounds.

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