On Tuesday, Kiera Bergman's parents got news that is beginning to heal their pain since the 19-year-old vanished on Aug. 4.
“Now we can say we’ve had those suspicions the whole time,” said Kiersten Bragg, Kiera’s mom.
Phoenix police announced Tuesday they are recommending a first-degree murder charge against Bergman's 23-year-old ex-boyfriend Jon Clark in connection to her death after her body was found last week in a rural area in Buckeye.
Her parents said Bergman had only been dating Clark for three months before she moved to Phoenix for him, and there were already troubled waters.
“They fought a lot. They had broken up and gotten back together numerous times,” said Bragg.
But when Bergman went missing, Clark didn't help with the search.
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Instead, her parents now revealed he contacted them on Facebook, and the things he said were cryptic and shocking.
“In one of the messages, he said he wanted to kick my teeth in. He was trying to start a fight with me, and I never responded to his messages,” said Chris Bragg, Bergman's dad.
He said Clark also accused them of being terrible parents, and was angry at their media interviews, claiming the two were blaming him.
Then Clark reportedly told Bergman's mom there was a reason they suspected him.
“One of his big things through this too is throwing out the race card, like we wouldn’t be accusing him or thinking he would do this if he was (sic) a white guy, which is absolutely ridiculous. I mean look at my daughter,” said Kiersten.
And while there's some relief with the man suspected of killing their daughter is behind bars, Bergman's dad said it's not over.
“I don’t think I’m going to have closure until I see him die…I see him get the lethal injection or the electric chair. That’s going to give me closure knowing he paid for what he has done,” said Chris.
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