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Family remembers murdered Lexington woman

It's been a few days since Elmia Farris' body was discovered near a dumpster behind an apartment building. Police say they have her killer in custody, but her family still has a lot of unanswered questions.

Charles Montgomery first heard about the murder on TV. He never could have imagined just how close to home the story would hit.

"They were saying there was some lady they found in a dumpster. I said to myself, 'Why is people so evil in the world?' Didn't even know it was my own daughter. Didn't realize that," he said.

His wife, Vanessa, saw Elmia just a few days before she was murdered.

"I squeezed and hugged and told her that I loved her. I said I want you to do good, be happy. She said, I'm gonna do it. I'm going to straighten up my life and get everything together," she said.

With the support of their other children, they're remembering Elmia.

"People that have daughters, they're a special gift from heaven," said Charles Montgomery.

"I thank God for letting me get to know her this long," said Vanessa Montgomery.

They're also thinking about her boyfriend, Chico Rucker, who police say killed her.

"Do you forgive the guy? Well, let me put it to you this way: I forgive him, but I will not forget," said Charles Montgomery.

"My dad is protector number one. I'm big brother, so I'm protector number two. Little brother's protector number three. When we hear about something like this, we want to get our hands on that guy," said Jason Montgomery.

Most of the family members say they plan to be in the courtroom when his trial starts.

"It's going to be very difficult because you're sitting in the same room as the man who murdered your sister," said Jason Montgomery.

They say, above all, they just want to know what happened.

"I want to meet him in person, why he do this? If he didn't like her and he didn't want to be with her, all you had to do was pack your bag and go. You didn't have to do that," said Charles Montgomery.

"Why? Why would you want to harm my baby like that? Why would you want to do that her?" asked Vanessa Montgomery.

The family is still finalizing funeral arrangements. There's a donation fund set up in Vanessa Montgomery's name ending in 9039.

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