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When Angela was just 4 years old, her mother, Tonya, was strangled to death. The person convicted for the brutal murder was Angelo—the man Angela was named after, the man she called "Daddy." Angelo met Tonya when she was pregnant with Angela, and he was her father figure for the first four years of her life.

Like Jennifer, Angela had many unanswered questions about her mother's death. And the only man who had answers was Angelo. "I'm close to the age my mom was when she died. I kind of want to get this done soon, at this point in my life," she says. "If not now, then when?"

While Angela met with a mediator to prepare for her meeting with Angelo, her family was supportive but worried. "At first we were totally against it," Angela's Aunt Roberta says. "We were afraid that he might say something to hurt her even more than she had already been hurting. She was so determined after awhile we just said, 'Well, we have to stand behind her and support her.'"
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Published on November 08, 2006

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