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St. Peters grandmother’s basement flooded the day she confronted her daughter’s killer

ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOV) – A St. Peters woman lost her home in an instant on a day she was already dreading.

“I was sitting on the couch writing my victim’s impact statement and I heard water running and thought it was the shower,” Stacy Stelzer recalled.

Floodwaters quickly filled the basement of Stelzer’s home the same day she had to deal with the man convicted of murdering her pregnant daughter, Amethyst Killian. Investigators said Damian Delgado stabbed Killian, who was five months pregnant at the time, more than a dozen times on Thanksgiving Day in 2020.

Amethyst Killian, 22, was found dead on Thanksgiving Day 2020 in Old Towne Park. She was reportedly stabbed more than 20 times.(Family of Amethyst Killian)

Killian’s mother said her daughter was last seen driving to a petrol station at 1am on Thursday and never came home. Her mother then filed a missing person’s report after 7 p.m. According to prosecutors, Delgado and Killian agreed to meet in person after communicating through the Text Now app. Crime scene evidence, gas station surveillance video and Text Now app recordings helped police identify Degaldo as a suspect, St. Charles County District Attorney Tim Lohmar, at News 4.

Killian left behind two children who are now raised by their grandmother.

“It was the most awful early morning because I didn’t think I was going to go out and told my family I was going swimming if I had to,” she told them.

Despite the flooding, Stelzer made her way to court and confronted her daughter’s killer.

Delgado was sentenced to life in prison, then Stelzer returned home, where the flood wiped out precious family memories. The flood also destroyed Stelzer’s two cars.

“I’m a traveling CMT, so if I don’t have a car, I don’t have a job, and if I don’t have a job, I can’t feed my grandkids,” Stelzer explained.

Stelzer said she tried to get help but felt she had nowhere to turn.

“We were promised that the Red Cross would bring us water and food, which never happened,” Stelzer said.

Stelzer said his most important need right now is clean water and labor to help clean up the mess the flood left in his home.

A GoFundMe was created to help Seltzer and his family recover from the flood.


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