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By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2018 (El Cajon) - Jon Christopher Clark has been charged with first degree murder after the body of his girlfriend, 19-year-old Kiera Bergman from El Cajon, was found beside a desert highway near Phoenix, Arizona last week.

Bergman, a graduate of Valhalla High School, had attended Cuyamaca College before moving to Arizona recently. She was last seen alive on August 4th, after a break-up with her boyfriend, when she left home without her car or purse.

Her parents have told media outlets that they didn’t like Clark from the onset and suspected him when their daughter went missing. They described him as controlling, answering questions for Bergman instead of letting her speak.

When authorities initially questioned Clark about Berman’s disappearance, they found evidence of other crimes in his vehicle and arrested him on credit card fraud before now charging him with first degree murder in Bergman’s death.

Niya Martinez, a close friend of Bergman, told Fox 5 they attended Valhalla together and both worked at a local hamburger restaurant. She described Bergman as a “giant ray of sunshine,” adding, “she was everything I wish that I could be.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money to assist Bergman’s family with memorial expenses.

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