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Victim's mother reacts to wedding day killing of son in Whitehall

Police: Woman kills husband-to-be on wedding day

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - An argument over sandwiches and a wedding dress may have led to a bizarre wedding day killing over the weekend, according to the victim's mother.

A woman stabbed her fiancé to death in Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co., on Saturday, just hours before their wedding, police said.

Victim Billy Brewster's mother spoke exclusively to 69 News Monday afternoon.

The story is so unusual it has now made national news, but for Barbara Obas, it is personal. One of the happiest days in her life became her darkest.

"We came for a wedding, and we're burying Billy on Thursday morning," she said.

Obas said she didn't even know her son, Billy Brewster, was dead until she arrived at his Olympic Circle apartment for his wedding.

His fiancée, Na Cola Franklin, was charged with criminal homicide.

"My [other] son went up and saw the tape," said Obas. "We thought that there was an accident or maybe an intruder had came in."

According to court papers, Franklin got into an argument with her fiancé as he was about to leave to pick up food. That's when relatives told police that Franklin, 31, pulled out a knife and stabbed Brewster, 36, twice.

Authorities have not released a possible motive, but Brewster's mother told 69 News the fight was over trivial matters.

"The dress and eating sandwiches, and I think she was very nervous that everything wouldn't be perfect. Her hair wasn't right," said Obas. "Just women stuff. It was nothing violent; it was just things that wouldn't have made a bit of difference."

Neighbors on Saturday said the couple was friendly and never fought.

"Never, never [any sign of trouble]," said neighbor Steve Engel. "Very, very nice people. Always said hello. Very polite, very friendly."

Court records show neither Franklin nor Brewster appears to have a criminal record, and there are no protection orders on file for either of them.

"There's never been a police report about them or any type of violence," said Obas.

At her arraignment Saturday, Franklin appeared dazed, even asking the judge to check to make sure her fiancé was actually dead.

Obas is now looking for closure.

"Pray, trust God, and no matter what, don't resort to violence," she said.

Brewster was a truck driver, according to his mother. He will be buried Thursday in his hometown of Berwick, Pa.

Relatives are now caring for his two children, plus Franklin's child from a previous relationship, who police said were home when the stabbing happened.


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