The body of Tamra Turpin, the woman that was allegedly strangled by attorney John Loveless in Playa del Carmen, finally was taken back to her hometown in Missouri, USA.
Loveless, who was arrested by Mexican police just before boarding a flight to Atlanta having left the lifeless body of Tamra in the condo that both had rented in Playa del Carmen, faces murder charges and he will have to stand trial next August, meanwhile the Missouri lawyer will remain behind bars in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
The couple were presumably going on a vacation that Loveless had anticipated, visiting the attractions along the Mayan Riviera south of Cancun.
In an exclusive interview with The Yucatan Times, Evalena Duncan, the mother of Tamra Turpin, said that she heard rumors that suspect John Loveless had a drinking problem and was prone to displays of temper. However, Duncan said she had not heard of any previous violent incidents between Loveless, 59, and Turpin, 36.
“He was kind to my daughter, and most people tell me they believe he worshipped the ground she walked on,” Duncan said in a telephone interview with TYT Friday March 11.
Responding to rumors that Turpin had a drug problem of her own, Duncan said that she and other family members did not know of any illicit drug use by Turpin.
Mrs. Duncan concluded the telephone interview stating that all she wanted was to to give her daughter’s body Christian burial.
And finally, Mrs Evalena Riley Duncan was reunited with Tamra Turpin’s remains at Lambert-St Louis International Airport on Friday March 18th, after 16 excruciating days of waiting.
A local biker group called the Action Riders accompanied Tamra’s family to the airport and then escorted her body to the funeral home.
Visitation for Turpin will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Franklin County’s Villa Ridge, followed by a funeral. Burial will be Monday in Bowling Green, northwest of St. Louis.
The family declared they are eternally grateful for the outpouring of support they received from Tamra’s friends and relatives, who loved her very much.
By Alejandro Azcárate for The Yucatan Times
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