December 7th, 2011
01:01 PM ET

Arrest made in Georgia girl's killing

[Updated at 2:59 p.m. ET] Information from the public led to the arrest of a suspect in the sexual assault and slaying of a 7-year-old Georgia girl, police said Wednesday.

Authorities said Brian Brunn, an employee of the apartment complex where victim Jorelys Rivera lived in Canton, Georgia, was arrested Wednesday.

Rivera's body was found earlier this week in a trash bin outside the apartment complex, three days after she was reported missing. Authorities have said that she died of blunt force trauma to the head, was stabbed and had been sexually assaulted.

"(Brunn) was well known in the apartment complex because he was employed there," said Vernon Keenan, head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. "This investigation will continue on for several months. This is mammoth case. We believe that this horrendous crime was planned and calculated."

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  1. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    dave hate kid abusers also.. they are dirtbags

    December 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Again, I am so sorry for your loss of Sandy.
    I had no idea they were teenagers; in fact I don't know what happened. I assumed she was mugged...
    In any case, I think some people were just born without a moral compass or a conscience.
    Others have lived through situations that have made them what they are.
    It's moot anyway; the poor victims are just as dead, and nothing will bring them back.
    Be comforted to know I believe she's with you every day, and rejoice that one day you'll be reunited.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lwg

    Another one off the street! Five more to take his place. Its to bad that we cant catch these kind of people before they strike even on the first time

    December 8, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brooke

    Because our Government made another reolcuidus law by making it illegal. Warn people of the dangers and let them face the consequences.Keep asking for more rediulous laws that interfere with personal freedoms and soon you wont have ANY freedoms.

    July 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
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