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Suspect arrested for murder of Mollie Tibbetts was local farmhand for prominent Iowa GOP family

August 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Suspect arrested for murder of Mollie Tibbetts was local farmhand for prominent Iowa GOP family

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Undocumented immigrant accused in the murder of Mollie Tibbetts worked as local farmhand for prominent Republican family

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The Associated Press

The undocumented immigrant who allegedly killed college student Mollie Tibbetts had worked for years at a farm owned by a prominent Iowa Republican family, a report said Tuesday night.

Cristhian Rivera — the 24-year-old man who is suspected of murdering Tibbetts while she was out jogging — was an “employee in good standing” at Yarrabee Farms, which is owned by the family of former Iowa official Craig Lang, according to the Des Moines Register.

In the statement, Craig’s brother Dane Lang said he was “shocked” to hear Rivera had been charged with a crime.

“This individual has worked at our farms for four years, was vetted through the government’s E-Verify system, and was an employee in good standing,” the statement read.

“Yarrabee Farms follows all laws related to verifying employees are legal to work in the United States.”

Craig Lang is the former president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and a 2018 Republican candidate for state secretary of agriculture, according to the Register.

Following the arrest of Rivera, Republicans across the country including Iowa’s governor blasted what they consider to be lax immigration laws that led to Tibbetts death.

“As Iowans, we are heartbroken, and we are angry,” Gov. Kim Reynolds wrote on Twitter.

“We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community, and we will do all we can bring justice to Mollie’s killer.”

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