UPDATE: Suspect with burned hands arrested for killing ‘close friend,’ a beloved college student found dead in burning car [Police]

A Georgia man was recently charged with the murder of his female friend who was found dead in her burning car nearly a month earlier.

According to WSB-TV, police said they arrested Kington Hyman-Bozeman after receiving a tip that one of Tayla Torres’ friends kept talking about her death and had burns on his hands. Hyman-Bozeman allegedly confessed to shooting the 18-year-old dead before he and another man burned her body.

Authorities reportedly found Torres’ body in the passenger seat of her burning car at 3 a.m. on January 9. WSB-TV reported that her body was discovered after firefighters responded to the East Point neighborhood and extinguished the flames.

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Shortly after Torres’ body was discovered, her mother, Pearlie Haynes, told WXIA that she was unsure why her daughter was in East Point, claiming she “never, never went on that side of town.” The news station also reported that police were searching for a man who had used Torres’ stolen credit card at Camp Creek Marketplace—about five miles from where she was found dead.

While Hyman-Bozeman is charged with malice murder in connection with Torres’ death, a motive hasn’t been revealed.

Hayes recently told WSB-TV that her slain daughter and Hyman-Bozeman were friends and he would often hang out at their home. She recalled how he broke down in tears upon hearing the news that Torres was found dead in her car.

“He played that role like nothing else,” she said, expressing outrage. “And to know that you did it? You knew?”

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[Featured Image: Tayla Torres/Handout]