An 18-year-old Georgia woman who was three months pregnant was found dead in the woods after going missing earlier this month, leaving her family grieving. Her fiancé, who last saw her alive, is in custody.
Aldeyshaun Locklear, 18, was arrested Wednesday on a felony murder charge, aggravated assault related to strangulation and concealing a death, according to online jail records.
Téa Choates, 19, went missing on Aug. 6, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Her mother Ebony King put out a heartbreaking plea for help finding her.
“She is one of my heartbeats and I am praying that you can help to spread the word,” King wrote on Facebook. “The last person to see her was her fiancé Aldeyshaun Locklear.”
Her body was found Tuesday night in a wooded area of DeKalb County.
“We are numb and at a loss for words,” King wrote after Choates' body was found. “My gift, my love, my heartbeat, my hero, my 1st born baby is gone.”
King told the AJC that she tried to get her daughter to leave Locklear.
“She loved him,” King said. “She wanted to stay, no matter what I would say to her. She really just wanted the family.”
The grieving mother said Locklear would send King text messages, promising to change for her daughter.
“Téa’s biggest thing was she would say, ‘I could change him, I can help him,” she said. “That’s how her heart was built ... but you can’t love a person hard enough to change.”
Officials believe that Choates was killed after an argument with Locklear escalated.
He is being held without bond. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
Choates had a tattoo on her shoulder blade area that read, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
Her cause of death has not yet been determined.
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