Justice for Genna: Family wants answers after daughter's death
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Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -Justice is all Genna Ayup's family is asking for. Ayup was found dead inside her home back on June 26. More than a week and a half later police still won't call it murder. Ayup's mother is demanding answers.
"My daughter was tragically killed, murdered, whatever you want to call it, she's not coming back," said Toni Solheid, Genna's mother. "Someone needs to be responsible for that."
Ten days after Ayup was shot, no one has been held accountable. So far Tucson Police won't even call her case a homicide. 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked Solheid how badly the family wants justice. She replied, "Badly. I want answers. I don't think that's too much to ask. Why? Why? Why did this happen?"
Ayup was just 27 years old, a beautiful mother to a 2-year-old son, a son that will now grow up without his mother.
"The only thing we've heard is my grandson who's not quite three years old say 'my daddy shot my mommy in the head with his gun'" said Solheid.
Ayup's mother tells 9OYS the night he daughter died, police came to her door and told her who was responsible, the boyfriend she lived with. What she doesn't understand is why nothing has been done.
"What are they waiting for? What could they be waiting for?" asked Solheid.
Police would not talk details of the case with 9OYS. Meanwhile Ayup's family struggles to heal. Facebook continues to light up with comments from people who loved her. The house is surrounded by flowers and cards, reminders of what Genna meant to so many people. But also a reminder of the sad truth her life was cut short.
"I just can't believe she won't walk through that door anymore," Solheid said. "The world's lost a beautiful person."
Ayup was laid to rest last Tuesday. More than 400 people showed up to say goodbye.