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Sandra Yi ReportingThe family of the woman found dead in a dumpster is speaking out for the first time. They want justice.
As details of Sheree Allen's murder came to light -- so did information about her criminal past. Her family is saddened and frustrated by it. They want the focus to remain on the search for her killer.
Adrian Allen, Victim's Brother: “It was a very tragic murder. I feel like no one deserves that. Nobody deserves that.”
His sister was killed, then her body dumped in a trash bin behind a West Valley City strip mall. A dumpster diver made the discovery Monday night.
Adrian Allen: "To be dumped into a trash can, I think that's the lowest part of all, that you treat her like trash.”
Details of the victim's past haunt her family. 22-year old Sheree Allen had a criminal history. Salt Lake City Police arrested her on December 29th in an area known for prostitution. Court documents also show several open cases against her, mostly for sexual solicitation.
But family members look past that.
Eric Green, Victim's Husband: “I loved her very much. I know her family loves her. She's the mother of my children and my wife.”
Allen's family chooses to remember happier times. They last saw her on January 10th. It was her mother's birthday.
Adrian Allen: "He told us she loved her. We told her we loved her and she told us she'd get back and we'd get together.”
Her body was found two weeks later. Police won't say how she died, and they have no suspects. But family members think Allen's killer was someone she knew.
Adrian Allen: "I think that she may have trusted the wrong person, and I feel like someone used her trust against her."
Adrian Allen hopes that person is caught and justice is brought to his sister.
Adrian Allen: "We will miss her and we lover her, and that will never stop.”
Police are chasing leads in this case and talking to people who knew Allen. They don't know if Allen was targeted.
City prosecutors yesterday filed to dismiss seven criminal charges standing against her.