Fearful of Lee, her friend begged the woman to stay.
The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit arrested Lee this weekend.
Taylor said her brother had recently asked Lee why he was with Trina Winston. He replied she was the only one who stood by him after prison.
"That was the kind of person she was," Taylor said.
Yet angry at a justice system that paroled Lee, Taylor and the woman's sisters said he should never have had the chance to get close to her.
"This is a nightmare we are living in," Redding said.
The worst part, she said, is not knowing exactly what happened, as investigators have not yet located a body.
"We want her to walk down the street," Redding said, as they are still hoping Trina Winston is alive.
The family is holding a vigil tonight for the woman in front of the St. Joseph County Courthouse at 6.
Redding said they will wear white and carry white balloons to pray for Trina.
Her family wants to send a message to women involved in an abusive relationship: "Get out, get away, tell somebody," Traci Winston, herself a domestic violence survivor, said.
Redding said she is hoping desperately to learn the truth soon.
"Tarrence, Tarrence, you said you once loved her, tell us where she is," Redding cried in her kitchen, holding onto her sister's hand.
Lee was arraigned for the murder charge Tuesday and is scheduled for an initial hearing next Tuesday, Aug. 28.
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