Arizona high school football star allegedly beat teen to death at party, bragged about 'closed casket funeral'

Talan Renner, 17, pleaded not guilty to the killing of Preston Lord, 16.

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Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
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Talan Renner, 17, who has been accused of beating a teen to death with the help of six others at a Halloween party last year, allegedly bragged that the victim's funeral was a closed casket service, according to police documents.

Renner, an Arizona star high school football player who was held on a $1 million bond and pleaded not guilty to the killing of Preston Lord, 16, was reportedly hidden away by his family in their $850,000 cabin in Show Low following the murder, unearthed police documents obtained by AZ Family show.

According to the 1,100-page investigation, his father Travis Renner's ex-girlfriend made the statements to police, stating that she had broken up with Travis Renner before the heinous murder but was still connected to the family and had access to his credit card information. She claimed she had messaged Renner, who she described as an "angry kid," on Snapchat while he was allegedly residing in the cabin approximately three hours away from his house. Talan Renner reportedly sent a photo of himself "walking the family dog, Gucci."

Travis' ex-girlfriend alleged to police that the accused teen's jaw was swollen in the photograph. She then told authorities that the Renner family attorney had recommended that Renner's "hands heal" before returning to Gilbert, the location of his primary residence.

She also allegedly told police that Renner "holds in a lot of aggression," and "snaps" when he gets angry. According to the outlet, she decided to file the report after witnessing Renner allegedly bragging about getting away with Lord's murder and how the 16-year-old was given a "closed casket" funeral due to how badly he was beaten.

In addition, Ashley Reynolds, a former Relentless Media Agency employee of Travis Renner, said to the Arizona Republic last month that Renner's father and CEO, Adam Kifer, had talked about relocating his son into the cabin and assigning the blame to another teenager who had been involved in the fatal attack.

The two men allegedly sought the former executive assistant at Relentless for assistance with the "crisis" and routinely gave her case updates.

Reynolds claimed that she was fired from the company after refusing to help with the case, per the outlet.

Renner and six other accused bullies, who called themselves the "Gilbert Goons," were detained on October 28 in connection with Lord's death during a Halloween celebration in Queen Creek, which is located approximately 40 minutes east of Phoenix.

According to a witness, Lord was attacked by up to fifteen people who had been wearing ski masks at the time. Lord died from severe injuries sustained during the beating at a hospital on October 30.
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