Family and friends of a homicide victim in Norman spent Saturday paying tribute to her memory. Brittani Young was brutally murdered in her apartment on Tuesday.
Her loved ones are focusing on remembering happier times and seeking justice. Brittani's beautiful face will never be seen in person again, and her family says because of this heinous crime, her killer deserves the death penalty.
They released balloons in remembrance and prayer, as their tears flowed freely, mourning a life cut short at just 27 years old. “She was fun,” says Brittani’s father Todd Roberts. “She smiled all the time. You won’t see a picture where she wasn’t smiling.”
Brittani's loved ones are all trying to understand why her killer decided to turn on her, stomping on her head until she was gone. Her husband Steve Young tells me the suspect, Joe Alliniece, was a shadow from her past, who made threats to her over text messages multiple times.
An ex-cop himself, Young wishes he could have protected his wife. He says, “Never in my worst dreams did I ever think this guy would ever show up again, but here we are.”
Young and Roberts now say there is only one punishment that fits the crime. “I hope he gets the death penalty,” says Roberts. “I hope the DA is strong enough not to plea bargain because I don’t want to accept anything less than a death penalty.”
Young adds, “If it was your own daughter if it was your wife, what would you want? All I want is justice.”
They hope to address domestic violence on a wider scale, so Brittani's spirit can live on, with a purpose. “We’ve got to look toward the future, not the past,” says Young. “She’s in heaven she accepted Jesus. She’s in heaven. Let’s stay focused on that.”
Once her autopsy is complete, Brittani's funeral will be held in Kentucky. Her family is collecting donations for expenses. To donate, click here.