Family, Friends Send Off Balloons In Memory Of Mother Strangled


One week has gone by since Callie Van Meter was killed.

Family and friends, who are close to the 22-year-old say they don't know the man who strangled her, but they want him caught.

They came together to pray, and share memories, of a young woman, who they all loved so dearly during a candlelight vigil Saturday night.

“I know this much. Tomorrow is never promised. Tomorrow is never promised because nobody would have ever expected this, especially because Callie was a wonderful friend, a great person,” said friends and family during the vigil.

Columbus police said Van Meter was found strangled inside an apartment on the 3000 block of Sullivant Avenue.

Her mother says, that day, Van Meter left for breakfast and never came home.

“I waited and waited all day for her to come home and I knew there was something really wrong,” said Yvette Thierry.

“It's been rough, it's been hard. I just don't understand how someone could do this. Callie was a very good mother, friend, everything,” said victim’s friend, Mary Washington.

“There's a baby without a mother now.  Yeah, I'm angry. I'm a mother. I have a two year old.  Our babies were supposed to grow up and be best friends. And, me and her were supposed to do things together. Yeah, I'm angry,” said cousin Misty Arnold.

They sang together in hopes that the accused killer will come forward.

“It's just a shame anyone would do this to someone like her. She had a heart of gold,” said aunt Lana Van Meter.

Columbus police continue their search for the accused killer, Jose Sabino Solis Alverez.  There is a warrant out for his arrest.

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