A former MMA fighter has been charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend 17 times before stuffing her body in his closet. The incident reportedly sparked following an argument outside the woman’s Tennessee home.

The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Irene Torres.

“She was dragged and stabbed repeatedly in front of her parent’s home,” says the victim’s sister.

Last week, security footage was shared from moments before Torres died. The footage was shown in a preliminary hearing for her ex-boyfriend.

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

Who was Irene Torres?

Irene Torres died on January 28, 2023, after she was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend Dwayne Herelle Jr. The attack took place outside her parent’s house at around 1.30 am local time.

Torres had broken up with Herelle a month before she was killed, according to her sister. It is also believed that the relationship was abusive both physically and emotionally.

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“While most 24-year-olds are planning their careers, and futures, and are optimistic about the world, Irene spent some of the last months of her young life abused, degraded, terrorized, and fearful,” the victim’s older sister, Reyna Douglas, wrote in a GoFundMe page for Torres. “Irene showed immense bravery in leaving her abusive relationship and was so happy to start her new life with the support of her family, only to be hunted down in her front yard and brutally murdered one month later.”

Herelle was charged with criminal homicide in relation to Torres’ murder.