A Florida spring breaker accused of drugging and raping a 24-year-old woman who later was found dead in a Miami Beach hotel room is “not some monster,” his friends and family claim.
Evoire Collier, 21, remained in jail Wednesday along with pal, Dorian Taylor, 24, for allegedly drugging Christine Englehardt with a “green pill” before raping her and stealing her credit cards, the Miami Herald reported.
“It’s devastating. My thought was praying for her family because I wouldn’t wish that on anybody,” his aunt, Tanda Collier, told the newspaper.
But still, she insisted that Evoire was “a good kid.”
“He wouldn’t hurt a fly,” she told the paper.
Adrienne Long, who had taken Evoire in after his mother died when he was in high school, said that she and his family believed that Taylor was a bad influence on him.
“He’s an honest person. He’s gullible … he’s not some monster. He wasn’t a predator,” Long told the paper.
“He definitely was in the company of this older guy who could possibly influence him,” she added.
Police said surveillance footage captured Evoire and Taylor with Englehardt at the Albion Hotel in South Beach.
Both men allegedly had sex with Englehardt, who also was visiting for spring break.
She was later found dead and semi-nude in the hotel room on Thursday, police said.
No cause of death has been released, though authorities said they’re looking into whether the pill the duo supplied her — believed by authorities to be the powerful narcotic Percocet — resulted in an overdose.
Both men face charges for burglary with battery, sexual battery, petty theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.