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Mother of alleged 'Craigslist killer' victim says family has been devastated
By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
Julissa Brisman's mother said today that her family has been devastated by the slaying of her daughter, but she feels relieved that an arrest has been made in the case.
Julissa Brisman (© 2007 Mark Pines All rights reserved)
“I feel very much relieved that the man who did this is in custody and will not be able to do this horrible thing to another family," Carmen Guzman said in a statement released by the Suffolk district attorney's office.
Brisman, a masseuse from New York, was shot to death April 14 on the 20th floor of the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel. Philip Markoff, a 23-year-old Boston University medical student, has been charged with murder in her death. He also faces charges of armed robbery and kidnapping in an attack on a prostitute at the Westin Copley Place hotel on April 10.
“Our family has been devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Julissa. We are a close family, and Julissa called us every day. We won’t be getting those calls anymore," Guzman said, noting that today would have been Brisman's 26th birthday.
Guzman said her daughter was studying to be a counselor "and helped many people in our community."
"Over the past few days, people have told us the many ways in which Julissa helped them. Her friends say Julissa was like a bright light, full of energy and optimism, always ready to help other people. These words mean so much to us," the statement said, thanking people for their support and prayers.
“The feeling of losing my daughter in this way and the pain she must have felt will haunt me for the rest of my life. She won’t live to see her dreams. We will hold Julissa in our hearts every day," the statement said.
Law enforcement officials said in today's Globe that a preliminary match has been made between the handgun found in Markoff's apartment and the weapon used to fire three shots at Brisman at the Marriott Copley, including the fatal shot to her heart. Officials also revealed that Markoff had been placed on suicide watch at Boston's Nashua Street Jail after a correction officer saw marks on his neck that suggested he had tried to use shoelaces to hang himself.