A Florida woman has been arrested, suspected of killing her 21-year-old ex-boyfriend after the pair went through a bad breakup, authorities said.
Melanie Eam, 20, is accused of stabbing James Barry to death at his Loxahatchee home early Thursday, police said.
After the suspected slaying, police said Eam fled the state, traveling to Silver Spring, Maryland — more than 1,000 miles from the scene — before she was apprehended on Friday.
Though officials have not said if Eam and Barry were alone at the time of the death, Barry’s best friend, Jeff Jarzabkowski, posted on social media that he was there.
"I was forced to watch my best friend pass away in my arms," Jarzabkowski wrote on Facebook. "James was such a good person and this wasn't supposed to happen. Nobody deserves to die like that. No friend should have to witness their best friend die right in front of them. James, I love you... I know you're in heaven right now, and at peace. I will see you again my friend. I know you'll always be there with me in spirit. We all love you so much man. Be at peace, and I'll see you again one day.””
Other loved ones expressed their grief over Barry’s death, saying he was a kind and beloved young man.
“James’ goodness lives on through all of us who loved him,” one person wrote.
“May you rest in peace James. You were a really sweet and awesome person, may you find peace and know that you were loved by all,” another posted.
Family members told CBS 12 that Barry and Eam had recently gone through a bad breakup, saying their son was always putting other people first and that he didn’t deserve to die such a horrible death.
“A good kid — his life taken the way it was taken,” said his mother, Nicola Barry, fighting tears. “He was so kind, and always giving everybody another chance. He’s so loved, and so missed right now.”
Eam was being held in Maryland where she was awaiting extradition to Palm Beach County.