TEMPE, Ariz. -- An Arizona State University student's father talked about his daughter Wednesday after she was murdered at the age of 19.
For the Kasper family, everything has changed. Rebecca Kasper’s father, Dan, says they immediately flew to Phoenix after getting the news late Tuesday. He said, it was the only way this would “seem real.”
"I feel like this should be somebody else's story," Dan Kasper said at the Tempe Police Department. “Right now, she's an unidentified person. She's our daughter. I just think her story is worth telling.”
Kasper mustered strength from a place most parents couldn't find in his situation. His 19-year-old daughter, Becky, was found murdered in a Tempe apartment Tuesday.
“I got the call every parent fears most -- that your daughter's been murdered,” Kasper said.
Kasper told us Becky was a sophomore at ASU, on the dean's list, studying marketing and on track to graduate in three years.
“This was the only college she applied at,” he said. “She says, ‘That's where I'm going to school.’ I say, ‘What if you don't make it.’ She says, ‘I'm going to make it.’ That's the way she was. She was focused and she was determined.”
Becky also had a job and volunteered with a cat rescue organization. Last summer she interned with a book sale company in North Carolina. Her father said they longed for her to be closer this next summer.
“Although you want your kids to grow up and be independent, we didn't want her to move away that quickly,” he said. “This summer she was looking to possibly do an internship in Minnesota and we were really anxious to get her back home because we missed her.”
Kasper said he knew she recently broke up with Luis Soltero, 22, the man accused of killing her -- a man he even welcomed into his house for the holidays.
“They'd been dating since last fall,” Kasper said. “He actually came with her to our house and spent Christmas at our house, so I got a good chance to know him. We didn't see anything that would indicate something like this would happen.
Becky is survived by her parents and an older sister. They plan to take her back to Minnesota when her body is released by the medical examiner.