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Nashville Woman Stabbed 17 Times By Former MMA Fighter Ex, Body Stuffed In Closet: Police

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Source: GoFundMe; Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Feb. 20 2023, Published 4:41 p.m. ET

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A Nashville woman was allegedly stabbed 17 times by her ex-boyfriend, a former MMA fighter, before he stuffed her body into his closet, officials said.

On Feb. 15, a preliminary hearing was held for Dwayne Herelle Jr., 28, who is charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Irene Torres, 24, WKRN reported.

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Surveillance footage was played at the hearing and Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Detective Derry Baltimore described how it showed Herelle attacking Torres after she returned home from work on Jan. 28.

Baltimore said, “They got into an argument and he begins stabbing her and after stabbing her he put her in the trunk of his car.”

Herelle then headed to his house but first stopped at a dumpster behind a grocery store, where police found bloody pants and Torres’ purse, detectives said.

The suspect told police the knife he used was also in the dumpster, but Baltimore said that was a lie.

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On Jan. 29, investigators said they found Torres in Herelle’s apartment after her father got Herelle to allegedly confess on video to killing her.

“We went to the closet area, and I could see the victim inside of a clear tote, looked like she was wrapped in some type of comforter," Baltimore said.

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At the autopsy, which Baltimore was present for, defense wounds were present on Torres’ body. He recalled, “I was told while I was standing there with the doctor that she was stabbed in excess of 17 times.”

Herelle remains behind bars and his case has been bound over to a grand jury.


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