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Joshua Hupperterz charged in Jenna Burleigh death: Latest updates

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Joshua Hupperterz, a former Temple University Student has been arrested in the death of a current student of the same university. The 22-year old Jenna Burleigh who went missing on Thursday was found dead over the weekend at the home of the suspect’s grandmother.

In the meantime, more details have come out about what seems to be a brutal killing of the young woman who had just got herself transferred to Temple University from Montgomery County Community College. To be true, she had just started taking classes

Her family reported Jenna Burleigh missing Thursday night. Police officials said that the woman was last seen on surveillance video leaving a bar near the school campus in north Philadelphia. She was in the company of the suspect, Joshua Hupperterz, who has been charged with her murder.


The suspect, who has been charged in her murder, was arrested Friday in Paupack Township. The next day, Jenna’s body was found at his grandmother’s home. The 29-year old man who has several criminal cases in the past faces several charges in the death. Besides the murder charge, Hupperterz faces charges of possession of an instrument of crime, evidence-tampering and abuse of a corpse.

A report in the says the 22-year old Burleigh reportedly graduated from Souderton Area High School in 2013 and went to college in Florida for one semester, her friends said, but returned home on medical leave with a foot injury. She took classes at Montgomery County Community College before transferring to Temple this year. Kluka and other friends who gathered Sunday to remember Burleigh said they did not know what career goals she had after college, but were sure that helping others would have been a key part.

In the meantime, Philadelphia police said Hupperterz, told university police investigators that he “had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with.” Capt. John Ryan, of the Philadelphia police homicide unit said there were enough evidence against the suspect.

Philadelphia police commissioner Richard Ross says that the police has still a lot to work out in the case. “We still have a lot of work to do, to include trying to figure out who else may have been involved, if there’s anyone else at all,” said Ross.

Jenna was very popular with her friends and family. For them it is a shock that will take a long time to heal. Mally Rozbeh, while writing on Jenna’s sister’s Facebook page says, “A very beautiful young talented artist was taken away from Burleigh family and friends. The evil used her kind heart to steal her from us not knowing she is in heaven smiling at us. RIP our dear angel. We love your family and always remember your beautiful smiles”.

DyAnn Sturgis while expressing shock about the untimely death of Jenna says, “Such overwhelming sadness and disbelief. My heart is broken for your family. Please know that the love will be stronger than what was so wrongly done. Love must prevail. Evil cannot overcome us. May the love your family has for your sister envelope you all.”



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