President Trump stood on the front lawn of the White House and denounced the slaying of the 20-year-old Iowa college student.
“Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently separated from her family,” he said.
Trump posted the video of his remarks to Twitter in another sign that he's making Tibbetts’ murder, allegedly at the hands of a farm worker originally from Mexico, a key issue in the midterm elections that could make or break his administration.
"We need the wall," Trump added in the video.
A poster of Tibbetts found on the floor the U.S. Senate was put there by Iowa's Sen. Chuck Grassley. “It seems this murder was preventable,” he said.
But a cousin of Tibbetts said her murder was being used for "political propaganda," calling it “despicable" and "disrespectful."
Meanwhile, Tibbetts’ aunt went on Facebook to remind everyone that "evil comes in every color."
The owner of the dairy farm where the suspect worked said that the suspect used a fake name when he applied for the job. He added his family has been bombarded with more than 100 threatening voicemails after it was revealed they employed the suspect.
“There were death threats, people threatening to burn down our buildings, somebody threatened to kill my dog,” the owner told reporters Thursday.
In the victim’s hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, a memorial service for her was held last night.
The owner of the local True Value Hardware, Rusty Clayton, said he's been making more keys for worried residents.
“Most people probably didn't lock their doors. Now they're locking their doors,” he told Inside Edition.
Inside Edition went to the Iowa cornfield where her body was believed to have been found. A chunk of the cornstalks have been cut down in a hunt for forensic evidence.