Sunday, April 12, 2009


Connie Lawless, from Tracy, hugs her grandson Phillip Hughes, from Whittier, after speaking to the media about her granddaughter Melissa Huckaby after church services at Clover Road Baptist Church on Sunday.(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)
Sunday services are held at Clover Road Baptist Church on Sunday, April 12, 2009 in Tracy, Calif. Police believe that Melissa Huckaby, from Tracy, killed Sandra Cantu at the church. Huckaby is arrested in suspicion of kidnapping and killing of 8-year old Sandra Cantu. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

Huckaby's family: 28-year-old's arrest for killing Sandra Cantu is 'surreal'
By Malaika Fraley and Matthias Gafni / Contra Costa Times / 04/12/2009

TRACY — The family of Melissa Huckaby preached of strength during adversity as they led an Easter service in their tiny Tracy church Sunday, speaking for the first time about the 28-year-old murder suspect and the death of Sandra Cantu.

"People think we're going on business as usual," said Brett Lawless, Huckaby's uncle who delivered the sermon. "Nothing will be as usual after the events of the last 10 days. Not for the community, not for the church, not for our immediate family and certainly not for the family of Sandra Cantu."

After the services, Huckaby's grandmother, the wife of the church pastor, spoke to reporters.
"We're just as shocked," Connie Lawless said. "This is completely outside of what we know of Melissa.

"It's been difficult for all of us. It's surreal," she said.

A congregation of about 20, along with a throng of media, sat in Clover Baptist Church, a half-block from Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park, where Huckaby was arrested Friday night on suspicion of kidnapping and killing Sandra — a playmate of Huckaby's 5-year-old daughter.


Huckaby was raised in Orange County and graduated from Brea Olinda High School in 1999. She moved to Tracy seven or eight months ago to help her grandparents, then decided to stay and enroll her daughter in kindergarten, family members said.

Her father said Huckaby's only known emotional issues stem from a divorce.


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