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Johnstown stabbing victim's mother speaks out for the first time

By Melanie Gillespie

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. --

For the first time, the mother of the young woman killed in a violent stabbing in Johnstown one week ago is speaking out.
Police continue to search for Elizabeth Miller's killer who hasn't been seen since last week. U.S. Marshals have been added to the team of police and FBI.
"We'll never forget Liz. She was a beautiful person and loved her to death and going to miss her always, but we can't even begin to put this behind us until he's caught, Millers mother said.
For the first time since her daughter's death a week ago, Millers mother is speaking out about her violent murder as the manhunt continues for Demetrius Gibson -- the man police say is responsible for her death.
"It's kind of frustrating because n body knows where he's at. It's just like he disappeared off the face of the earth, her mother said.
Investigators said Miller was found stabbed to death in the parking lot of a Bridge Street car wash in the Moxham section of the city the morning of August 6th.
"She was taken from us way too early. She had so much to live for."
Her mother said the relationship started just months before.
"April 13th, I think it was, but they had been seeing each other for about a month before they officially got together.
A young love that turned deadly, taking a life all too soon.
"He was like the perfect gentleman. He had manners Very polite kid, but the violence in him seemed to come out when he drank excessively, Millers mother explained.
It's a day she will never forget, but not just for her daughter's murder.
"That day was my birthday. We had planned on having a big family get-together. So, needless to say I'll never celebrate my birthday ever again."
For a mother and family who is still grieving, all are hoping justice finds Gibson.
"He needs to be caught and he needs to be punished. Whether it's life in jail or they want to give him the death sentence, whatever, he just needs to be punished. This is not right, she said.
Her family and friends continue to post his picture throughout area businesses.
Crimestoppers is also offering a $2,000 reward for information lead to his arrest.
 
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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times

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