Murdered WSU student's mom denied access to daughter's apartment
The mother of 19-year-old WSU student, Zaiylah Bronson whose body was found in the trunk of her boyfriend's car over a week ago, drove over three hours from Leavenworth, KS to visit her daughter's apartment for the first time since the tragedy.
Zaiylah's mom, Taronza Bronson, said she made arrangements with the apartment complex's front office to gain entry. Bronson said when they arrived, they were told by the maintenance person that he was told not to let her in and that she was not authorized to go into the apartment.
"This whole week has been really hard," said Bronson as the tears flowed down her face. "Just sit - to smell - just to see the apartment as it was - how she had it," is what Bronson wanted in exchange of her three-hour drive.
Bronson now clings to Zaiylah's dog, Oliver, who someone was kind enough to take to a local shelter.
Bronson said for now she is holding on to the memories she and her daughter created like cuddling on the couch while watching movies. She said her daughter would say to her, "Mom, it doesn't matter whatever you want to do - I just want to spend time with you."
Alexander Lewis faces capital murder charges for Bronson's death. Prosecutors say Zaiylah Bronson was 16 weeks pregnant when Lewis strangled her.
Zaiylah's family has set up a gofundme to help cover funeral costs.