Murder victim's mother: 'I didn't get any closure'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The mother of a 24-year-old woman who was brutally murdered last month plans to move back to Michigan to attend court proceedings related to her daughter's death.

A fundraiser was started to help Loretta Bailey cover moving costs from Covington, Louisiana to Muskegon.

Her daughter, Aniya Mack, was killed on June 24 when her ex-boyfriend stabbed her to death before putting her body in a suitcase, an unnamed Kalamazoo detective said in a hearing.

Lewis allegedly admitting to killing Mack and led investigators to her body nearly four days later.

"I didn't get any closure because I couldn't see her body. She had a closed casket (funeral), so I didn't get any closure from that," Bailey told 24 Hour News 8 via a FaceTime call. “Every day I'm learning something different about what happened (and) the manner that she died and how tragically that it happened.”

Bailey said Mack was studying psychology at Western Michigan University. 

She last spoke to her daughter over the phone on June 24, the day Mack was killed. When friends began calling Bailey in the days that followed, she knew something was not right.

"I knew something was wrong," Bailey said. "They kept calling me and telling me that they hadn't heard from her. Her job hadn't heard from her. I called her myself.

“She never returned my call and when her best friend called and told me that he hadn't heard from her either, I just told him to hang up the phone and to dial 911 and when the police got there to give me a call. I wanted to talk to police right then."

Before learning of Mack's death, Bailey said she asked for Lewis' number and called him to see if he knew anything about her daughter's whereabouts.


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