WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) - Police have charged a suspect in the tragic death of Wilbraham native Amy Lord.
"I authorized a warrant charging Edwin Alemany for the July 23rd homicide of Amy E. Lord," said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley.
Police say DNA, forensic and circumstantial evidence links the 28-year-old Alemany to the homicide. He's also charged with stabbing another woman, and assaulting another. Right now, Alemany is at a mental hospital for 20 days of evaluation.
The D.A.'s office also said they spoke with Lord's family who were relieved to hear that Edwin Alemany would face a murder charge in her death. It's a sense of relief for the family, who's had to burry their daughter without knowing who killed her.
"When I heard about her leaving to go to the gym and just getting a new job in Boston. I thought how can these things happen," said Patricia Poindexter of Wilbraham.
Barry Seligman of Hampden said, "It's almost more explainable if there's a drunk driver or an angry family member. Random violence is pretty strange."
Amy's hometown of Wilbraham began honoring her memory the moment they heard of her death, beginning in Gazebo Park. They held a candlelight vigil and eventually a benefit dinner and then, white ribbons were placed around Amy's neighborhood.
Amy grew up on a quiet street in Wilbraham. She graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School, went to college, and had just gotten a new job in Boston when she was kidnapped, forced to withdraw money from ATM's, and then killed.
Catherine Day has kids of her own. She told 22News she hopes the family can find inner peace.
"The why's are always going to plague you. Some people just aren't wired right but to know that this will never happen to somebody else and that that person will never harm somebody else, would be a relief," said Day.
Amy's friends told 22News she always smiled and was one of the most kind people you'd ever meet. Amy Lord was 24-years-old.
She was laid to rest following a private service on Tuesday.