Family accepts honorary black belt for homicide victim, a former UCCS student

October 19, 2013 Updated: October 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm
photo - Angelina Sicola was a student at UCCS, and worked and studied at the U.S. Taekwondo Center.
Angelina Sicola was a student at UCCS, and worked and studied at the U.S. Taekwondo Center.  

Angelina Sicola would have earned her second-degree black belt Saturday.

She would have soared, her front kicks snapping, her hands flashing in blocks and punches.

And the other students of U.S. Taekwondo Center, a place she thought of as a second home, would have cheered.

Instead, they bowed in silent honor to Angelina's parents and sister at the Colorado Springs Auditorium, where the group of students she studied with tested for their black belts.

She got her second-degree black belt, but it was honorary.

Angelina was strangled to death in her apartment in May.

The 20-year-old worked and studied at the Taekwondo center and was a sophomore at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Police have not made any arrests.

"She was supposed to test for her black belt today," said her father, Stephen Sicola. "It's an honorable thing. This was a big part of her life."

"She would have done it, she would have gotten her belt," said Don Mathews, Angelina's stepfather. "It was cut short."

Mathews is married to Angelina's mother, Pam Lively.

Other members of her family attended, including her sister, Amber.

Stephen and Amber Sicola and Lively received flowers and the honorary black belt.

Lively was in tears as a brief memorial was held.

Sicola whispered "Thank you," to the students of the school as tears slipped down his cheek.

They were also given yellow roses, Angelina's favorite flowers.

Lively still doesn't understand how her daughter could have been killed.

"She had these skills," she said. "We don't know how this could have happened. We just want justice. Every day, we want justice."

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