Aug 16, 2013 11:38 PM by Tony Spehar - firstname.lastname@example.org
It's been over three-months since Angelina Sicola, 20, was found strangled to death in her apartment in Colorado Springs and this weekend her friends and family will gather to honor her memory and turn a spotlight on her unsolved murder.
Sicola was found dead on May 1 in her apartment on Half Turn Road near the intersection of Austin Bluffs Pkwy. and Academy Blvd. The UCCS student was a a black-belt in taekwando and an employee at the US Taekwondo Center in Monument where she was a student and friend of Master Jay Lee.
"It's hard, it's been very difficult emotionally," explained Master Lee. "I think that everybody's struggling with it still."
According to police Sicola was strangled, but the identity of her killer remains a mystery.
Despite her case going cold, Master Lee said friends and family are trying to focus on the positive memories they have of Angelina.
"Taekwando was a big part of her life, but also she was a big part of our lives," he said. "I know she touched so many of us in a personal and professional way."
On Saturday, Angelina's birthday, her friends and family will hold a vigil at Memorial Park. At 11:40 a.m. they will release yellow balloons in her honor, yellow was her favorite color.
"We really hope that bringing this out to light one more time we can hopefully help us find more evidence and find those who are responsible," Master Lee explained.
Colorado Springs Police have the same hope, detectives say leads in the case are starting to dry-up.
"Sadly, while our investigation remains open and active, we do not have a suspect at this time," Police Spokesperson Barbara Miller said in a statement to News 5. "We're hoping this weekend's event may re-ignite the community to provide us with more clues."
Anyone with information about the murder of Angelina Sicola is asked to call police at 719-444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.