The life of a Boyle County High School graduate came to a violent end over the weekend when the body of Jesse James Valencia was found Saturday near his residence in Columbia, Mo., where he was attending college.
Police were called to a yard near the University of Missouri campus on Saturday, where Valencia's body had been found by a fellow student. His throat had been cut, according to a report in the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Valencia, 23, graduated from Boyle County in 1999 and had been at the University of Missouri, where he was a junior majoring in history since 2002, said Mike Wells, a reporter with the Daily Tribune. Obituary information, available on page A2 today, indicates he was studying pre-law and journalism.
Suzanne Randolph, a former guidance counselor at Boyle County High School, recalled Valencia as an outspoken student who was active in causes and issues that he cared about.