Vigil held for woman stabbed to death

LACKAWANNA, NY (WIVB) – It’s been one week since 26-year-old Tequila Suter was found stabbed to death in her apartment.   As her family and friends grieve, they came together Sunday night, to remember her and the life she lived.

“She was my only daughter. 26 years we brought her up in the Lord’s way and that’s the way she went out,” said Suter’s father Kevin Mills.

In front of the apartment where Suter was murdered, her friends and family gathered. “It gave us a moment of peace and for people to come together like this it shows we have people who care. And that’s the main thing, we care and we love one another,” said Pastor Jeffery Copeland.

Tequila is remembered as the ultimate giver. Friends say she worked two jobs; one helping disabled adults, the other helping teen moms. She was also active in her church. “She was always one to volunteered no matter what. If we had an empty spot of auxiliary in the church she would take it on because that’s the type of person she was,” said Copeland.

Her commitment to service and God is what made her cousins look up to her. “She’s a great, great woman and she inspired me and my sister with her great deeds and she just had a big heart and I miss her so much,” said Zanisha Suter.  “I knew she fulfilled what she wanted to do in life and she inspired many other people at her church, her friends her family,” said her cousin Mikayla Logan.

Suter was found in her apartment after she didn’t show up to work the night before and while no arrests have been made, those close to Suter are looking for peace. “They want to see justice done, but we know that God has the upper hand so we’re going to let God’s will be done,” said Copeland.

Still it’s incredibly difficult for a father who has to bury his only daughter. “You never think it’s going to affect you especially when you have your little angel, when something happens to your little angel. I just want to tell everyone thank you very much for the support we have out here,” said Mills. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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