MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma – Midwest City police have identified the 24-year-old woman killed by her fiancé early Monday morning in their apartment.

Stacey L. Beesley was found dead in an apartment after her fiancé Eric Knox told police he had killed her.

Beesley was the assistant apartment manager for Willow Creek Apartments and had been living with Knox since July of this year.

Knox was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder because Beesley was 5 months pregnant. He is being held at the Midwest City Police Department pending transfer to Oklahoma County jail.

"This is terribly disturbing in many different ways; first, the brutal manner in which Stacey was murdered, secondly, she was several weeks pregnant and thirdly, the fact it is so close to the Christmas holidays when we focus on Christian values and celebrate faith," Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said. "Our hope is that the accused killer will spend the remaining part of his life observing holidays in a prison cell."

A fund has been set up to pay for a funeral for Beesley. Donations can be made at the 1st National Bank & Trust of Chickasha at the Minco branch.