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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A man confessed to killing his girlfriend early Saturday morning after showing up at the McKenzie Willamette hospital emergency room with injuries, Springfield Police officials said.
Officers were called out to the hospital at around 2:20 a.m. Saturday after Robert Cromwell, 32, of Springfield, reportedly told ER staff that he had killed his girlfriend.
Police said they found the body of Casey Lynn Wright, 26, of Eugene, while doing a welfare check at Cromwell's home near 18th and G Streets.
Wright recently celebrated her 26th birthday, her friend Janice Ketsche said.
"Nobody can see that coming, no,” said Ketsche. “Everyone loved Casey… she was always there for you. She was always the first one to show up, and always the last one to leave."
Police charged Robert Cromwell, 32, of Springfield, with murder early Saturday morning after they say he admitted to killing Wright earlier that night.
"It's tough here,” said John Dowell, Casey’s past manager at Pita Pit. “We all knew her well and we all liked her a lot.”
According to Facebook, Cromwell and Wright had been engaged for nearly two years.
Cromwell’s family has reached out to our reporters and said he expressed remorse for his actions.
Springfield Police are continuing their investigation as a murder case.
Ketsche started a donation fund on the website gofundme.com. Proceeds will help the family pay for a veterinary bill for Casey's horse Duncan. The remainder of the fund will be donated to Womenspace in Wright's name, Ketsche said.