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Montgomery PD

The family of Adam Dowdell, the Alabama State University student who was murdered by a fellow student, is getting death threats.

Ivry Hall (pictured right), 20, was arrested and charged with killing Dowdell, whose body was found Sept. 14 behind a church, not far from the ASU campus in Montgomery. Dowdell was missing for 6 days before he was found. The 22-year-old had been fatally shot.

Hall, a native of Chicago, was a Golden Glove boxer and valedictorian of his high school. He was the last person to see Dowdell alive on Sept. 8.

When reached by phone Sunday, Dowdell's sister told Al.com the family is cautious about commenting publicly because they've received death threats from people in Chicago.

Dowdell's family members, including his mother Toya Cohill, took to social media to plead for information when he went missing.

It was Cohill who publicly identified Hall as the killer in a post on Facebook.

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According to the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church on the South Side, Hall turned himself in to police after returning to Chicago shortly after the murder.

"I really don't know this — what he's being accused of, I've not seen nor known that person. I don't know him. I do know the Ivry who's a kind kid, who's a gentle spirit, who's been faithful at church, who's always pushing himself as a student. That's the Ivry I know and that I believe in," Pfleger told Al.com.

Pfleger said he met with Hall and advised him to go back to Alabama and turn himself in to authorities, which he did.

"I've talked to him at length. He was back in Chicago for a couple of days," Rev. Pfleger said. "I spoke with him and sought to pastor him and counsel him, and we contacted the police and set up his returning to Montgomery. He's in Alabama now; he turned himself in on Friday. He does have a lawyer, and now we've got to be sure we get all the information and all the stuff out of what happened, that's what’s important now."

Hall is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.

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An Alabama State University student is charged with the murder of fellow ASU student Adam Dowdell, 22.

Ivry Hall, 20, was taken into custody on Friday and booked into the Montgomery County Detention Facility. Bond was set at $250,000.

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Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

Dowdell's body was found behind a church not far from the ASU campus at about 2:45 p.m. Monday. According to a press release by the Montgomery Police Department, Dowdell was shot to death.

He was last seen on Sept. 8 as he left his dorm room with a friend to go to an ATM machine. He was reported missing the following day.

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Hall, a native of Chicago, overcame incredible odds to become valedictorian of his high school graduating class. Despite the double tragedies he endured -- losing both of his parents before age 16 -- he excelled at boxing and was a dedicated student.

Dowdell's mom, Toya Cohill, and a cousin identified Hall as the friend who accompanied Dowdell to an ATM machine before he went missing.

Cohill posted photos of her son and Hall on Facebook late Wednesday. She wrote in all caps: "THEY GOT HIM!!... THANK YOU JESUS... WHEN I TELL Y'ALL GOD IS AWESOME!! HE IS AWESOME!! JUSTICE FOR ADAM DOWDELL AKA BELLE... I WON'T MISS A COURT DATE!"

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Cohill didn't go into any specifics, but a cousin revealed more information in the comments section of a YouTube video posted by a crime blogger on Thursday.

A user named "Yazmine" wrote: "They have phone records that prove that he had intentions on hurting my cousin... phone records have proven a lot more than we knew. Stay tuned!"

She added:

"We are hurting BADLY! We have so many questions, and we are angry. This young man took his life for no reason, then fled out of state. That screams GUILT all day! You'd think that all that he experienced in Chicago, he would make better decisions being that he's trying to be an influencer. This is not what a good influence does. Only a cold-hearted person would do this!"

When Cohill learned her son was missing, she and family members drove an hour from Alabaster and remained in Montgomery until her son was found.

"I didn't realize my child was two blocks away from me on the ground," Cohill said at a candlelight vigil for Dowdell Thursday night.

She warned the crowd of 200 mourners to be wary of the people in their circle.

"Make sure the person you call your friend is really your friend," Cohill said. "Be cautious on who you call your friend. Everybody that smiles in your face is not your friend. That goes for friends, family, your next-door neighbors, your roommates.

"You have to limit yourself, limit the people who know your A to your Z," she said.

Cohill cautioned the crowd to turn on their location on their phones.

"Stay focused on where you're at when you go somewhere. It's hard for people to keep up with you when you don't turn your location on," Cohill said. "Your parents aren't trying to run your business. They're just trying to keep up with you."

She said her son didn't turn off his location. "They turned it off. I know this for a fact, my child didn't go down without a fight."

"It wasn't right how they did my baby," Cohill said. I don't want this to happen to my worst enemy. I just want justice for my baby."
 

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ABC7

Ivry Hall (right), a sophomore majoring in business at Alabama State University, is a person of interest in the murder case of ASU student Adam Dowdell, whose body was found behind a church on Monday.

Dowdell's mother, Toya Cohill identified Hall as the friend who went with her son to an ATM machine last week. Dowdell, 21, never returned to his dorm room.

He was missing for 5 days when his body was found behind a church not far from the ASU campus.

Cohill posted photos of her son and Hall on Facebook late Wednesday. She wrote in all caps: "THEY GOT HIM!!... THANK YOU JESUS... JUSTICE FOR ADAM DOWDELL AKA BELLE... I WON'T MISS A COURT DATE!"

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Hall, a 20-year-old Chicago native, grew up on the South Side, and overcame incredible odds to become Valedictorian at Tilden high School.

According to ABC7, Hall moved in with a cousin after his single mom passed away from cancer when Hall was 12.

"When my mom passed away, I was so hurt. And I just wanted to do better," he told ABC7.

"I had to get on three buses and one train!" Hall said. It took him 2 hours to get to school.

Hall said his childhood was filled with trouble.

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"Gang banging. I used to smoke when I was little," Hall said, adding that he dropped out of school at one point.

"I did a lot of stuff. That's just from the image I was seeing so I wanted to do it too," he said.

"I don't believe in giving up, and I think that failure is not an option," Hall said.

When he was a senior, he lost his dad to lung failure.

"Of course, I lost my mom. I lost my dad. I wish they were still here to see what I've accomplished now, but they're not. Everything is not going to come as you want it," he said.

Despite the tragedy and setbacks in his life, Hall persevered and studied hard to become school valedictorian.

"I always wish that I could graduate valedictorian, and look, I did," Hall said. "I was beyond happy."

In 2019, Hall headed to Alabama State University on a full scholarship.

"Major in business, so I can open up my own business. I'm not for sure what I want to open up, but I want to help people, like she's doing," Hall said, referring to his mentor, Sally Hazelgrove, who runs an Englewood boxing gym.

"I'm going to go to college and graduate, so I'm going to find a way to study. I'm going to find a way to do everything without giving up. If I give up, I will be just like everybody that I know," Hall said.