A 19-year old Georgia man who wanted to join the Air Force was arrested Nov. 6, accused of killing his high school sweetheart.
Elijah Ramoutar allegedly strangled his high-school sweetheart, Alyssa Wright, to death at his parents home and has been charged with murder, the Daily Mail reports. Police have yet to uncover a motive for the killing.
Wright, also 19, was found dead at the Ramoutar household after the police were called to respond to a "trouble unknown," Newton County Sheriff's Office investigator Jeff Alexander said. Authorities said the call was made by a "third party," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Ramoutar was arrested on the scene, Alexander said.
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The news shocked Wright's family, who frequently welcomed him into their home and thought of him as a respectful man.
"He was always a real well-mannered boy. I never had any problems with him, always been respectful," the victim's mother, Melinda Wright, told WSB-TV.
She continued: "Never seen this coming. Ever. I mean, he was always with us at family functions. He was... whatever she needed, he would do."
She added: "I don't wish no harm to him. But... I'm angry. Why? I want justice for my baby."
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Melinda spoke of the last time she saw her daughter, when the latter told her she was going to see Ramoutar at his parents' home on the night of Nov. 6.
"We were sitting on the bed, laughing, joking about things that were starting to look up for us. She said, 'Bye. I love you. I’ll be back,'" Melinda said.
The couple attended prom together in April and graduated from high school in May.
Wright had reportedly been studying to become a nurse while Ramoutar was aiming to join the Air Force.
Her alma mater, Alcovy High School, hosted a vigil in Wright's honor Dec. 9.
Her stepfather, Jonathan Andrews, commented: "Words don't explain just how good it feels to know that this many people care about someone who meant so much to me."
He said: "I think her charisma brought all these people out here, because she's a beautiful person."
Ramoutar has been in Newton County Jail since his arrest, online records indicate. According to a January police blotter, he had been previously arrested for criminal trespass, the Rockdale Citizen reports.