By Elizabeth Matthews
BALLWIN, Mo. (KSDK) - An emotional plea from a local father who's daughter was brutally murdered last week in Wisconsin. Police in Madison say 31-year-old Jennifer Boyce was killed by her estranged husband in a murder-suicide.
Always surrounded by love, friendship and loyalty. Jennifer "Jenny" Boyce, her stepmom says, was the perfect friend.
"Her loyalty to her friends, and she's there, if you have a problem she's there," says Dixie Boyce, who has been Jenny's step mom for the past 10 years.
She and Jenny's dad, Don, are overwhelmed by the loss of their only daughter and by the number of lives she so gently touched.
"I wasn't even aware of, I knew she was good, but this, this has been just tremendous response, just tremendous," says Don.
Jenny grew up in St. Louis girl, but moved to Madison, Wisconsin for work as an epidemiologist. She married for in 2008, but in 2011 she and her husband, Bernard Grosso, began to part ways.
They were to finalize their divorce last Friday, but never got the chance. Police say Grosso stabbed Boyce to death and then killed himself.
"They have different things that shows he was there from like 4 p.m. in the afternoon, so they think that this was planned," explains Don.
He says in his daughter's martial relationship there were issues, but never physical, only mental.
"There was a lot of psychological abuse, once she filed for divorce she said that that escalated," he says.
Right now he and Dixie say they are just existing, numb from what's happened.
"I'm angry that I lost my daughter, I'm angry the way I lost my daughter, and as a very active Catholic, I probably shouldn't say this but the fact that he's dead, I'm happy," he says.
One thing that does help is the outpouring of love he's seen for his daughter, who was taken from him and this world much too soon.
"It does help tremendously, it makes me cry but, on the other side of it, it makes me feel very honored and it makes me feel like I really had a terrific daughter," he says.
They services for Jenny are this Friday and Saturday in the Ballwin area. The family hopes to permanently memorialize Jenny in some way.