The parents of a Brandon native who was recently found murdered in California gave an emotional plea Thursday for help in finding their daughter's accused killer.
Authorities in California say Ashley Atherley, 28, was found stabbed to death sometime over Thanksgiving weekend. Her husband, Edly Atherley, is charged with murder and is on the run.
"I'm just begging you to please, please help us find this terrible person that took my daughter's life so senselessly," said Ashley's mother, Lucia Robles, during an emotional news conference. "He controlled her during the last seven years of her life. Please don't let him control the rest of her children's lives by letting him go free."
Ashley grew up in the Brandon area and graduated from Bloomingdale High School in 2003. Her parents said a few years after that, she began dating Edly Atherley, who was constantly abusive.
Ashley's loved ones tried to convince her to leave, but they say she didn't. She and her husband moved to California last December. Her mother said Ashley had finally had enough, and was in the process of divorcing Edly.
Robles said she wants to make sure other domestic violence victims leave their abusers before something like this happens to them.
"I really, truly think that because of how loving she was, and how forgiving she was and wanting to fix him, that she really thought that he wouldn't ever do this," Robles said.
Ashley left behind two daughters.
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