Details Emerge About Alleged Killer, Athlete's Relationship

By Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, Sep 16, 2010  |  Updated 6:58 AM EDT
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Friends remember Nicole Ayres as police release new details about her murder., Byron Scott

Friends remember Nicole Ayres as police release new details about her murder.

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Police: We Have Evidence and a Suspect in Nicole Ayres Murder

New Jersey State Police say they have collected evidence and are now questioning a man in connection with the stabbing death of 22-year-old Nicole Ayres. Ayres' body was found in a Southampton field Monday morning. She'd been beaten and stabbed multiple times. Ayres was a star softball pitcher for Deptford High School and went on to play for Fordham University. She recently transferred to Rutgers University.

Man Charged in Woman's Murder

Stephen Headley was charged Tuesday with stabbing to death Nicole Ayres. The 22-year-old's body was found dumped near a Southampton Township, N.J. park on Monday.
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Friends and former teammates of Nicole Ayres gathered on the field where she once pitched, for a candlelight vigil to remember the former Deptford High softball player.

The murdered 22-year-old was remembered Wednesday night as “awesome,” “a good kid” and someone who was always there for her friends.

On the same night of the vigil, more details emerged about how Ayres knew her alleged killer, Stephen Headley.

Ayres was killed early Monday morning. Headley is accused of stabbing her multiple times in the head, neck and back early Monday morning after the two met up at a Wawa in Medford, New Jersey.

The two first met at a party a few months ago, police sources told NBC Philadelphia’s Rosemary Connors.

The extent of their relationship still isn’t known, but after he allegedly beat, stabbed and then dumped Ayres body in a field in Southampton, Headley went to his mother’s house, sources said. His mom then called State Police to turn in her own son.

Police tried to negotiate with Headley to peacefully surrender, sources said. But, the 28-year-old ran away on foot and into the street where he was hit by a pickup truck.

Headley suffered a fractured back, two fractured ankles and multiple fractured ribs from the accident and remained in stable condition at a Trenton hospital Wednesday night.

Once he is healthy enough to be released, he will be taken into custody and tried for Ayres murder.

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