THE father of Amethyst Killian has revealed the tragic final conversation he shared with his daughter as he struggles to find a motive behind her 'brutal and gruesome murder'.
The pregnant 22-year-old's bludgeoned body was found with more than 20 stab wounds on a street near Old Towne Park in St. Peters, Missouri, a day after she went missing on Thanksgiving.
Killian, who was known as Ame, was last seen walking to a gas station on November 26 at 1am.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun today on the eve of his daughter's funeral, Killian's father Tony Stelzer Sr said she left the family home on the night of her murder to "meet someone for money" and never came home.
"I had seen her coming down the steps and said 'where are you going? It's like 1 o'clock in the morning'," Stelzer said of his last encounter with his daughter.
"She said she was going to go get some cigarettes and meet up with someone that was going to give her some money.
"I said 'you better be careful, I love you, I'll see you soon' and she said 'I love you too Dad and I will'.
"I never thought that was going to be the last time I ever saw my daughter."
Killian's mother reported the couple's daughter missing later that day. The mom-to-be was found stabbed to death the following day.
Suspect Damion Delgado, 27, has been taken into custody on counts of first- and second-degree murder, and armed criminal action in connection to Killian and her unborn baby's stabbing death.
St Charles Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar revealed that the attack was "targeted" and that Killian was stabbed more than 20 times, mostly to the head, neck and abdomen.
"It was a very violent, violent killing," Lohmar said at a press conference when announcing Delgado's arrest last week.
The pair met after Delgado responded to an online advert in which Killian had offered sexual services in exchange for cash, according to police.
St. Peters Police conducted a search of the area and found her body lying outside at the 100 block of North Church Street on Friday just after receiving a tip at around noon.
"It was a very, very tragic, brutal and gruesome murder," Stelzer told The Sun.
"I'm glad they caught this monster that (allegedly) killed my daughter. But we just have so many more questions that need to be answered.
"We don't know why (she was killed), or why it had to be so brutal.
"It's very heartbreaking and it hurts so bad everyday the pain that I and my family suffer will be forever lasting.
"The hardest thing about it is accepting it."
Killian "never really knew who she was" because was struggling with drug addiction at the time of her death, her dad said. That led her to take part in "the lifestyle" – a term used to describe the lives of sex workers.
"She was trying to find herself but ultimately addiction took over," he said.
"I believe if she was not addicted to Fentanyl the way she was she would have never had to turn to getting money for (sexual) favors.
"It's quick money, you know, and I've talked to her, her mother's talked to her time and time again and warned her that this lifestyle goes nowhere."
Stelzer said his daughter's drug addiction stemmed from childhood abuse at the hands of an older male but that she was a "wonderful mother" with a bright future.
Killian was five-months pregnant at the time of her death and already the mother of two children, six-year-old daughter, Marley, and 11-month-old son, Hendrix.
"We feel cheated for not getting to see Ame grow as a woman and overcome adversity and addiction because she was planning on going and getting clean, I'd seen it on her web browser that she was looking up places to go to get treatment, but now it's too late," Stelzer said.
"It cost her (her life) to live the lifestyle of a person suffering from addiction and whatever PTSD she had suffered from trauma as a kid
"Her mother and I want to spread awareness as much as we can to get the word out that 'the lifestyle' is not worth your life.
"People out there are crazy and maniacal and bad … and she was a loving, free spirit, just trusted everybody kind of person."
"She didn't deserve any of this no one does."
Killian's funeral will be held in St Peters, Missouri on Saturday.
When asked about what may have prompted the killing, Lohmar replied: "There has to be some motive out there, but at this point we don't know what that is. The person who could tell us that is the defendant, and so far he's chosen no to do so."
Delgado is being held in jail on $1million bail.
On Facebook, the victim's mother Stacy Stelzer previously described how she sat Killian’s six-year-old daughter, Marley, down “to tell her that Jesus needed a beautiful angel and her mom was the most beautiful of them all," according to Heavy.
Stelzer reportedly wrote that she couldn’t “even get another word out,” and all the child could do was “scream No! No!”.
The little girl has had “several outbursts of crying” but was being comforted with toys, according to the report.
The grandma told the girl, “toys don’t heal your heart,” and the child expressed a desire for a Christmas tree, the media outlet reports.
In an interview with Fox2Now, Stelzer said the "crime scene is outside my door".
"She was as perfect as she could be," Stelzer said of her daughter.
"She might have been 22-years-old but she was my baby."
According to a Facebook post, police were called to the scene "after personal items of the victim were found in the area, which lead to the discovery of her body nearby."
Killian’s neighbor Susan Brown told KSDK that she appeared to be a loving mother in a close-knit family.
"She was a sweetheart and just a really nice person. I just can’t believe what’s happened to her,” Brown told the station. "I pray for the whole family. It's horrible."
A Facebook user identified as Gabriell Tat commented that Killian was her cousin.
"Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of my cousin. If anyone knows anything please contact the police," Tat wrote.
Inundated with messages of support and condolences, Tat replied, "Thank you everyone we are still in disbelief."
Tat also created a GoFundMe in Killian's name to pay for funeral expenses.
"I have created this go fund me for my beautiful cousin Ame Killian who passed away today," Tat wrote.
"She leaves behind 2 amazing kids. Her mom can't afford a funeral so any help is greatly appreciated.
"Plus I would like to raise enough to help in supporting her kids," Tat continued.
"Marley age 6 is a smart, talented, amazing little girl who will now have go grow up without her mommy, and Hendrix age 11 months is a handsome, smart, loving little boy who will never get the chance to know his mommy.
"Ame was 5 months pregnant so not only do we have the loss of my cousin but also we lost a soon to be addition to our family," she ended, before saying "give your loved ones a kiss and hold them extra tight."
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