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Former Football Star Murdered His Gorgeous Girlfriend In Cold Blood

Meet Emma Walker. Emma was a 16-year-old high school student who lived in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was also a cheerleader at Central High School in Knoxville.

“She was a daughter, a sister, a friend,” Emma’s Mom, Jill, told PEOPLE. “She would act silly and didn’t care what other people thought. She didn’t care about being in a certain group. She was friends with everybody.

“She was involved in her community, had a job and was an honors student. She was an independent little thing and could be stubborn — and sassy. She marched to her own drum.”

Emma Walker Via Twitter

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Jill went on to tell PEOPLE, “Emma had a big heart.” Emma was going to go to college to be a neonatal nurse.

“She loved babies, animals and old people,” Jill said. “If she saw an elderly couple together, she would always say to me, ‘Oh, there is the cutest little couple.’ ”

Emma Walker Via Twitter

Emma was truly a gorgeous and kind young woman, and you won’t believe what her ex-boyfriend did to her.

Emma Walker Via Twitter

Emma’s ex-boyfriend was William Riley Gaul. This 18-year-old was a college student and wide receiver at Maryville College.

Ashlee Alleman, William’s mother, told WATE 6 On Your Side over the phone, “Riley did not do this. He would not hurt here because he loved Emma dearly. He is not a monster.”

Ashlee went on to say that William had just helped Emma out with a paper for school on the Sunday before her death.

Emma Walker Via Twitter

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