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19-year-old woman murdered by a homeless Army veteran man who used to sexually harassed her at her job.

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A 19-year-old student at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach was killed by a homeless man who used to sexually harass her at work.

Ashanti Billie worked as a cashier at the local Blimpie’s sandwich shop, and the suspected killer regularly visited the shop to bother her. Witnesses reported Brown attempting to flirt with Billie on several occasions. One witness said on one of those occasions, he made a crude sexual comment to her.

No one thought anything of it until Ashanti disappeared from her job at Virginia naval base. When she failed to report to work the following day, she was reported missing. 11 days later, she was found dead more than 300 miles away, outside a church in a residential neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina.

A 19-year-old student at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach was killed by a homeless man who used to sexually harass her at work.

Ashanti Billie worked as a cashier at the local Blimpie’s sandwich shop, and the suspected killer regularly visited the shop to bother her. Witnesses reported Brown attempting to flirt with Billie on several occasions. One witness said on one of those occasions, he made a crude sexual comment to her.

No one thought anything of it until Ashanti disappeared from her job at Virginia naval base. When she failed to report to work the following day, she was reported missing. 11 days later, she was found dead more than 300 miles away, outside a church in a residential neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The suspected killer is Eric Brian Brown, a 45-year-old homeless veteran of the Navy. His DNA was found on the dead woman’s body. After Ashanti’s body was found, Brown told a law enforcement informant that he hated African-American women. He said they were “gold diggers” who “only want guys with all the money,” court documents say.

Brown, who is homeless, worked as a day laborer and lived at buildings on and around the naval bases, according to an arrest affidavit. As a retired Navy petty officer, Brown had access to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach. Prosecutors said the 21-year Navy veteran visited Billie’s workplace almost daily.

Eric Brian Brown, 45, faces a murder charge from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and a federal kidnapping charge, the police department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced Wednesday.

Ashanti’s parents, who are both veterans, said Thursday that they thought their daughter would be safe on a military base.

“If this was allowed to happen on a naval base, it can happen anywhere,” Billie’s mother, Brandy Billie said.

“How was it that this guy was allowed to roam around base?” Meltony Billie asked.

Brandy Billie said Wednesday that she was “grateful” Brown was charged, but had a lot of questions and wants to know how it was possible for Brown to live on the military base.

A surveillance camera caught most of what happened on the day Billie disappeared. Billie left her Virginia Beach home about 4 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18 to go to work. She was supposed to start early to prepare for a scheduled health department inspection. Prosecutors say she was wearing dark-colored clothing and her white 2014 Mini Cooper was seen on camera entering the naval base around 4:45 a.m. Surveillance video shows a man who resembles Brown, wearing light-colored clothes, driving Billie’s car off the base at 5:33 a.m.

About 5:40 a.m., a residential surveillance camera appears to show Billie’s car stopped near a construction dumpster about 2 miles away. A man is seen getting out of the car and appears to throw something into the dumpster. Construction workers later found Billie’s cellphone there and turned it over to police in Norfolk.

Five days after Billie’s car was seen on camera, the vehicle was found in Norfolk on Saturday, Sept. 23. It was unlocked, and the security key fob was on the passenger seat. Billie’s work shirt, a pair of dark-colored pants and a shoe were found in “the rear compartment” of the car, covered in dirt.  Six days later, on Friday, Sept. 29, Billie’s partially clothed body was found behind East Stonewall AME Zion Church in Charlotte.

Brown faces up to life in prison if convicted on the kidnapping charge.

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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