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September 15th, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Former Fordham softball player stabbed to death in New Jersey

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(CNN) - A former star athlete for Fordham University's softball team was stabbed to death near an athletic field in Southampton, New Jersey, and a man has been charged with murder, authorities said.

The body of Nicole Ayres, 22, of Westville, New Jersey, was found Monday morning, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office. Investigators said she was stabbed multiple times in the head, neck and back.

Stephen Headley, 28, who was charged with murder, is being treated at a hospital after being hit by a truck shortly before his arrest, investigators said.

"This is a shocking and terrible loss," Fordham University President Joseph M. McShane said in a written statement. "I cannot imagine the grief Nicole's family must be feeling today, a grief intensified by the death of someone so young. Today the university community's hearts and prayers are with Nicole's family, friends and loved ones."

Ayres was a pitcher at the university and was named rookie of the year in 2007, the school said. Fordham said she attended the university for two years after having been a standout athlete at Deptford High School in New Jersey.

Authorities would not disclose a possible motive or discuss any details about the investigation, including whether the suspect knew the victim.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Sarah @ Shades of Sarah

    Very sad and shocking story. Here at Rose Hill, we're mourning her loss. The softball team is such a great group of girls.

    September 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  2. ambria

    Wow that is a shocking story. She was so young and beautiful.That man deserves to never see the light of day again.I hope her family gets swift justice (nothing but the death penalty asap).

    September 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm |