Friends: Daughter and boyfriend killed Palmetto mom for drug money

PALMETTO, Fla.—Family and friends knew something bad would happen one day. They knew that Tricia Freeman struggled with her daughter often.

Family and friends are mourning Palmetto woman Tricia Freeman (pictured above) who was allegedly killed by her daughter’s boyfriend.

Those who knew Tricia best tell us that this Palmetto mother faced nonstop problems with her daughter’s drug habit.

“Tricia was always begging her to get help,” said close friend, Emma Perry. “It was the daughter’s boyfriend. He was the problem. Those two were always asking Tricia for money for drugs.”

On Monday, loved ones faced a tragic ending that they were hoping would not happen. Tricia’s body was found dumped in a wooded area near Levy County.

At that moment, Emma said she knew who was responsible.

“I said, I guarantee her and the boyfriend had something to do with it. It’s the only ones she had any issues with,” Emma told us.

As her closest friends stood outside Tricia’s home in Palmetto, they were still in shock. “You know, you see movies where this happens, but you never expect it to happen to someone you know,” Emma said. “But for it happen in real life, that was a part of us, that was a part of our family.”

Just a few days prior, her daughter, Kayla Colyer, and the daughter’s boyfriend, Roy Nichols, Jr. were arrested in West Virginia. Police say the two had been running from the law and were finally caught.

The pair had a court hearing this morning in West Virginia where it was decided that they would be extradited back to Florida. The daughter’s boyfriend is facing a murder charge while Kayla is facing a charge of accessory after-the-fact.

Tricia’s friends explained that this mom struggled for a lifetime, begging for her daughter to get clean. She also begged the young woman to take care of her own baby, a child that friends claim was taken by DCF.

“Trish kept trying to help her. She never turned her back on her child, for her child to turn around and kill her and lift her dead body, she can’t have a heart. There’s no way she has a heart,” Emma shared.

“This didn’t have to happen,” said another friend Tricia’s. “She didn’t have enemies. She didn’t have to die this way. She didn’t have to die at all. She told her daughter and Roy they could not stay with her. Then, she went missing. We knew something bad happened.”

The mother who cared so deeply for others also spent her day taking care of customers at International House of Pancakes in Sarasota. One of her colleagues had tears in her eyes as she let a balloon go into the night sky.

Amy Strub said, “I’m gonna miss her, i’m gonna miss her a lot. i already do miss her. Love you, Trish.”



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