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Wartburg native killed

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By Michelle Hollenhead

A former Wartburg resident was recently stabbed to death, reportedly by her fiancé.

Felicia Rich, 27, of 4936 Green Key Road, New Port Richey, Florida, was discovered by officials from the Pasco County Sheriffs Office at 7:39 p.m. June 30. Dayvon Heath, who was apparently living with Rich, has been charged in her murder.

Rich had been stabbed repeatedly, according to authorities. Heath was also found to be suffering from what was apparently self-inflicted knife wounds.

Reports indicate he was treated in a local hospital, where he allegedly confessed to the murder.

Facebook posts left several clues about the relationship between the two, which seemed to be a happy one. An array of smiling photos of the couple were posted, along with updates on their relationship, which included details of their engagement. As recently as June 21, Rich posted a picture of two wedding rings with the couple’s names engraved inside.

She also posted on May 30 that Heath had presented her with a diamond engagement ring, and proposed, commenting that he “took to his knees and popped the question.”

However, on the day she died, Rich posted several memes indicating a different scenario. At 2:24 p.m. June 30, she posted “sometimes you just have to walk away and consider it a lost cause.”

Her mother, Carolyn Booker, responded to that, asking what was wrong. Rich responded, “same situation as last time can’t keep letting him do it.”

Her mother then asked, “what is wrong with him?” Then told her daughter she would send her a private message.

Heath himself responded to the post at one point, and said, “all due to the stupid alcohol.”

Booker responded, “ok, so if that is the problem, why….you drinkin?”

She then alluded that the situation might be a detrimentally physical one.

“Stop taking (expeltive) out on my daughter.She is a good girl and she deserves better…lemme make a trip down to see if you can whoop on her momma like that.”

Then at 3:56 p.m. Rich wrote a different post: “Nothing hurts more than being disappointed by the person you thought would never hurt you.”

No more verbiage was posted on Rich’s Facebook page, but she did change her profile picture to one of her daughter at 4:12 p.m., then one of just her at 4:14 p.m.

She also listed her status as “single” but it is unclear when she made that posting.

All posts on Rich’s Facebook account stopped until 12:50 p.m. July 1, when Booker replied to Rich’s original post from the day before.

“The sorry (expletive) stabbed by baby to death! He is in jail and confessed to the murder of my daughter.”

Many friends and acquaintances of both women poured out condolences on Facebook regarding the tragedy.

“Carolyn Booker, my deepest condolences to your and your family,” wrote Terri Nowell Deaso.

“My heart breaks for you.”

“From one mother to another, I send my heartfelt condolences,” said Corie Lynn Baker-Koch.

“I’m so very sorry for your loss.

“May justice be served.”

D. Marie Coffey wrote, “I’m sorry your gone n we couldn’t protect u from dee...... r.i.p. I’m going to miss u (sic).”

The Morgan County News reached out to Booker, but she had not responded as of press time.