Christian Ivan Bautista arrested for murder of Harding student Lauren Bump

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    SAN ANTONIO (AP/KTHV) - Police have arrested a suspect in the slaying of a graduate student whose body was discovered at a San Antonio park on New Year's Eve.

    San Antonio police on Saturday announced the arrest of 29-year-old Christian Ivan Bautista on a murder warrant. The case involves the fatal stabbing of 24-year-old Lauren Bump, who attended Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

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    Bexar (bayr) County jail records show Bautista was being held on $200,000 bond. No information was immediately available on an attorney for Bautista, who was located Friday during a call about a suspicious person at O.P. Schnabel Park.

    Some people on a trail found Bump's body Tuesday afternoon. Police believe the woman, whose family lives in the area, was walking or exercising.

    Police didn't immediately provide additional information on the investigation.

    Meanwhile, family, friends, and the running community gathered this weekend to honor Bump in two memorial runs. The goal was to remember her through her passion for running.

    Bump's father continues to thank the community for all of its support.

    "What's getting us through this is how people have been touched by this. We have received hundreds and hundreds of messages sent to us of how she touched their lives. We're just so grateful; I just feel so privileged to have been her father and we're just in awe," he said.

    Of the two runs, the second was held in the park where Bump's body was found. Dozens showed up for the events, including some who were physically unable to run.

    (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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