Athens Police believes Wellington knew her attacker and has “a person of interest” in the ongoing homicide investigation. An arrest had not been made as of Wednesday press time.
Police have not released an estimated time of death, details about the crime scene or the specific location of Wellington’s stab wounds. She was stabbed multiple times in her upper body, according to a preliminary autopsy released Tuesday.
Wellington’s body was released by the Alabama Department of Forensic Science Lab in Huntsville and was expected to arrive in her native South Carolina last night, according to Hilton’s Mortuary Inc. of Charleston, S.C.
Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Azalea Church of Christ in North Charleston.
Newsome cited Wellington’s devoutness as a source of comfort, along with a pair of his favorite biblical passages.
“Anytime someone is close to the Lord, it’s reassuring,” said Newsome, who paraphrased John 3:16 and Philippians 4:13. “You don’t want something to happen, but it gives you a sense of comfort.
“The first (passage) tells us that God so loved us he gave us His son, and the second one says through Him we can do all things.”