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Former Gordon soccer player found dead; husband arrested

Police found the body of a recent graduate of Henry County’s Ola High School in her California apartment on Tuesday and her new husband was charged with the slaying. The body of Kalyn Denise O’Barr-Poteat, 19, was reportedly discovered in her San Diego apartment by police. Her husband, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Poteat, 21, is being charged with murder, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. His arraignment was scheduled for today in San Diego County Superior Court. He is being held without bail. Police found O’Barr-Poteat’s body during a check on the apartment after Patrick Poteat called a friend and asked the friend to call 911, according to Lt. Kevin Rooney of the San Diego Police Department. Family members said the couple married in November. O’Barr-Poteat graduated from Ola High in Ola, GA (just outside of McDonough, GA) in 2008, the school’s first graduating class. She was a founding member of the Ola women’s soccer and cross-country teams and was captain of the soccer team. O’Barr-Poteat worked as a stripper in Atlanta after graduation. She moved to San Diego about four months ago and worked as a nude dancer at Goldfingers Gentlemen’s Club near the base where her husband was stationed. Said Lonnie Wheeler, O’Barr-Poteat’s former soccer coach, ‘She was Ola’s leading scorer for the first two years, and she even scored the first goal ever for Ola [as a forward].’ Wheeler said O’Barr-Poteat also played soccer while at Gordon College in Barnesville, after high school. ‘She was so full of energy,’ he said. ‘In athletics, they talk about players having motors. She had a motor that was running all the time. She was an excellent leader, and was loved by everyone.’ More than 200 people attended a candlelight vigil for O’Barr-Poteat in McDonough last night. For more on this case see the 01/12/10 print edition of The Herald-Gazette.

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