The family of a teenage mother who was found murdered after allegedly robbing a hotel in Alabama with her boyfriend, insisted that she be forced into the crime.
The body of Baylee Wall was discovered in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 23 after fleeing the police, claiming to help her 25-year-old friend Gary Eubanks Jr. rob the hotel more than 700 miles away in Daphne, Alabama , two days earlier.
Loved ones have fiercely defended Baylee in the days since the police announced that she was investigating her death as a murder on Monday – accusing Eubanks Jr of forcing her to commit the armed robbery.
& # 39; There is no way that she willingly participated in one of those events, and we have proof that that is the case, & # 39 ;, Baylee's stepmother, Angela Wall, said AL.com.
& # 39; I wish we could have seen the signs before it was too late. & # 39;
The police are still hunting Eubanks Jr., who is reportedly being treated as a person of interest to the Baylee murder.
The Baylee Wall family insisted that two days before she was found murdered, she had to rob a hotel in Alabama with her boyfriend Gary Eubanks Jr.
The police are still hunting Eubanks Jr (photo), who is reportedly being treated as a person interested in the murder of Baylee. The lovers of the killed teenager said her friend & # 39; offensive & # 39; used to be
Angela Wall said that Eubanks Jr. & # 39; abuse & # 39; was and & # 39; unsuitable for Baylee & # 39 ;, and that he lied to her and her family about his age and claimed that he was only 19.
Baylee & # 39; s stepfather, Steven Tillman, told Fox Cincinnati that she and Eubanks Jr started dating in August and that she had recently sent a photo to her friend showing her with a broken lip.
The body of Baylee Wall was found on October 23 in Cincinnati. She is pictured with her two-year-old daughter
Tillman said his stepdaughter told the friend that she & # 39; was scared (and) wanted to come home & # 39 ;.
He was shocked at the idea that Baylee, who lived in Hurley, Mississippi and was the mother of a two-year-old girl, would be involved with someone who was violent and would participate in an armed robbery.
& # 39; I still can't believe it. I really can't address either of these issues, & # 39; Tillman said. & # 39; She wasn't raised that way. That's not how she was. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; She was a very outgoing person. Love to laugh and you know, just your typical 18 year old girl. & # 39;
A woman named Erin Vinson claimed that the couple had stayed in her apartment before Baylee's death.
& # 39; If I had any idea that she would be killed two weeks later, I would never have lost sight of her & # 39 ;, Vinson said Local12.
She said Baylee told her that Eubanks Jr. had been violent against her.
& # 39; We knew it was unhealthy, but what can you clearly do with someone 18 years old to say to go back home to your parents who care about you, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Now I feel that I have some responsibility in being the last person to see her and that I might have been able to save her from that situation. & # 39;
Baylee (left) is said to have told a friend she was afraid of Eubanks Jr (right) and wanted to come home after he attacked her and left her with a broken lip
Researchers said that Baylee entered the Microtel Inn on the night of October 21 to ask about room rates and then left, as seen on security footage.
Later in the footage, Eubanks saw the hotel come in and keep the receptionist at gunpoint and demand cash.
Police said they believe Baylee was the shooter's henchman.
& # 39; A third person was featured in the Microtel video. We still don't know who that person was, but there was another person outside & # 39 ;, said Sgt Jason Vannoy from Daphne police.
Eubanks Jr. was last seen driving Baylee & # 39; s 2015 black four-door Volkswagen Passat with license plate JGE1791.
Baylee's body was found on October 23 behind a baseball field at the Woodward High School in Cincinnati. She was not identified as a victim five days later because there was no official form of identification on her body.
The police described her death as & # 39; suspicious & # 39; and said it is being investigated as a murder.
Investigators have not confirmed the cause of death, but sources have told WLWT she was shot in the head.
The police said security images Baylee and Eubanks Jr. showed up at the Microtel Inn in Daphne, Alabama, on the night of the armed robbery on October 21
Baylee would have entered the hotel and asked the receptionist about the room rates and then left before Eubanks Jr came in and demanded money at gunpoint
Eubanks Jr. was last seen driving the black four-door Volkswagen Passat 2015 in Baylee (photo)
Hours after the news of Baylee's death was announced on Monday, her stepmother spoke out against trolls who, according to her, had spammed the teen's Facebook page.
& # 39; So it starts with coarse / negative comments. People are going to judge her for one stupid act of which we don't even know the full details, & # 39; Angela Wall wrote in a Facebook post.
Baylee & # 39; s stepmother Angela Wall (photo) hit the teen on a Facebook post on trolls when news came out that she had been murdered
& # 39; Anyway, she was only 18 and still our daughter. So please everyone share something positive about Baylee Wall, so people can remind her how she really was, and for all the stalkers who come to her page, they can see that she was really a loving person and that she loved her.
& # 39; Baylee was always a fighter and stubborn, but that is what helped her through all this.
We love you BayBay and will be in our hearts forever. & # 39;
Angela took a few photos of Baylee, a & # 39; first day of school & # 39; snap and another from her high school graduation day.
In a later post, the stepmother shared a link to one GoFundMe campaign founded by Baylee's uncle, Tim Wall, to cover funeral expenses.
The campaign raised more than $ 2,180 for the goal of $ 5,000 from Thursday morning.
The Facebook message from Angela Wall defending Baylee is fully depicted
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