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Victim’s Family Reflects on Mother, Reacts to Arrest in Her Murder

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HAMPDEN, Mass. (WGGB) — David Marrett of Hampden is speaking out about the recent arrest in the murder of his mother 22 years ago.

Marrett recalls his mom. “She was 5 feet, full of love, 100 pounds, small, petite, loving, smiling. She didn’t have any enemies,” says Marrett.

He still wonders to this day why someone would kill her.

“If I ever had a chance to talk to him at all I would say, I forgive you. You didn’t know what you were doing when you did it, why did you do it?” asks Marrett.

Police have charged 54-year-old Faustino Diaz with rape and murder in the death of the elderly Springfield woman.

They say good detective work and advances in forensic testing of DNA helped them identify Diaz as the man they say committed the murder.

Earlier in the day, David Marrett, in the presence of the two Springfield police officers who did the leg work in finding the suspect, talked about his reaction when learning of the arrest, 22 years after his mother was killed.

“I was surprised, I was pleased, I was happy,” says Marrett.

Marrett feels police have the person responsible for his mother’s death.

He also talked about the role faith has played in his family’s lives.

His mom and dad were missionaries in India where he was born.

His mother devoted her life to helping others. “She loved people, she loved God. Those two combinations made her my best friend, you can’t choose your mom, I wouldn’t want to have anybody else,” says Marrett.

Marrett calls himself a preachers kid, a missionary’s kid.

His faith remains strong as it did for his mom,”She might not have gone to heaven in a a way we would want by no means but you can rest assured that she was welcomed by her creator,” says Marrett.

 

 

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