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Friends mourn, neighbors worry after Colorado Springs college student's slaying

May 4, 2013 Updated: May 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm
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The pool in the courtyard of Featherstone Apartments was uncovered, but empty Saturday afternoon.

Lisa McCann sat outside one of the first-floor apartments baby-sitting a pair of Shih-Tzu dogs.

Mark Vanwieren, who has lived here for 13 years, chatted with Paul Reynolds, a Fort Carson sergeant who was getting ready to move out.

Cars whizzed by the Half Turn Road complex on Academy Boulevard, busy this time of day for shoppers.

It was quiet here, though, two days after Angelina Sicola was found strangled in her apartment.

As placid as it seemed, the slaying was not far from everybody's thoughts.

It burned in Vanwieren's mind.

'A lot of people got home and turned on the news and saw their buildings and then walked over to see what happened, ' Vanwieren said. 'It was kind-of poignant. It was kind-of brutal. '

Sicola's body was found Thursday.

The death of the 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was ruled a homicide the next day. No arrests have been made.

She seemed to have three homes. Her apartment, the college and her Taekwondo school.

'Taekwondo is said to be 99-percent respect and 1-percent kicking and punching, ' Sicola said in a post on a website honoring high school all-around excellence.

'Taekwondo is how I live my life. '

She had other passions - her dogs and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

'She really loved her pets, ' said Terry Shampoe, a cook at the Inn at Palmer Divide who studied Taekwondo with Sicola.

'The only other thing that stood out, she really liked the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, ' he said. 'She said many times she wanted to marry Aaron Rodgers. '

Sicola, he said, 'was just the type of person you wanted to hang out with. She always had a way of brightening people up. '

At UCCS Saturday, it was orientation day. Parents and incoming freshmen and women swarmed the campus.

Here, too, lived memories of Sicola.

During orientation, her murder was mentioned. But this was a day for the new students.

'We talked about it, but we didn't really focus on it because there were parents and students, ' said Christina Perez, a junior who helped with orientation. 'It's sad. '

Deborah Haas-Henry, whose daughter was taking part in orientation, said she was not concerned about safety at the campus because they had visited before and it seemed safe.

'I don't think it's pressing on my mind at all, ' she said.

She added, however, that she and her daughter talked about a self-defense program at the college being a good idea.

Facebook was bursting with anger and sadness over Sicola's death.

Shampoe posted an article from The Gazette and asked anyone with information to call police.

Said Valerie Georgeson: 'It saddens me that someone would want to hurt this beautiful girl. I honestly hope that the person that did this is brought up to face his or her punishment. I will always remember her kindness towards me. '

'I've lost one of my best friends, ' Chriss Welch said.

'Your life was taken away from you too soon and so horribly. I am unable to move because of the sadness I am overcome with, ' Welch said. 'You changed my life and pushed me to be the person I am now. You mean the world to me and you have impacted not only my life but the lives of anyone who's ever met you. Your smile and your laugh are things no one can forget. '

In a separate post, Welch expressed her anger.

'I am filled with so much hate and anger . but at the same time filled with so much love and happiness ...When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a wonderful treasure to always hold in your heart, ' she wrote. 'I love you girl. '



Angelina Sicola described herself on the website for the Discus Awards, a recognition and scholarship program for high school students.

'I am a first degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and I have been training for over four years. Taekwondo is said to be 99 percent respect and 1 percent kicking and punching. Taekwondo is how I live my life.

'I have a 3.6 GPA in high school, but my biggest achievement in high school is being the Chief Editor of the yearbook at my school. It tests my journalistic intelligence, my photographic excellence, my knack for design, and my managing skills. '

Source: Discus Awards



Colorado Springs police are asking people with information on the events that led to Angelina Sicola's death to call 444-7000.

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