Angelina Sicola wasn't the type to let her guard down, but one day in early May someone found a way to take her life.
Police still don't know who killed her.
On May 2, the 20-year-old college student was found strangled to death in her Colorado Springs apartment just as she was starting to spread her wings. Two months later, police say they have uncovered no new information in their investigation into her death.
"The investigators are referring to this case as very complex," said Barbara Miller, police spokeswoman. "They continue to actively investigate this homicide and to meet to brief on it regularly. They also continue to follow up on many tasks and assignments related to this case."
Miller said she can't elaborate on what "very complex" means without compromising the investigation.
Sicola's killing, one of 18 in the city this year, remains the only homicide without at least a person of interest. Police haven't arrested a suspect in only one other slaying, which occurred early Friday morning when a 21-year-old was shot to death in the southeastern part of the city.
Police found Sicola's body in her apartment at 3807 Half Turn Rd. on May 2 just after noon and immediately called the death suspicious. She had lived there only for a few weeks, according to neighbors.
Neighbors Katie Willett and James Goss told The Gazette they didn't hear anything suspicious the night before Sicola's body was found, though another woman living nearby told police she heard screams coming from the area.
"It's been coming on two months and still nothing," said Chriss Welch, Sicola's long-time friend.
"That's the hard part - not knowing, and the questions we all have about the investigation."
Welch has a gut feeling that whoever murdered Sicola must have been someone she knew.
"It had to have been someone she knew or trusted enough to let her guard down even for just a second," she said.
Sicola was a sophomore communications major at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She had a black belt in taekwondo and taught the martial art in Monument, where she was raised.
"Angelina's death has impacted me in such a big way," Welch said. "I didn't know I could experience so much hate and anger and so much pain and love all at the same time for so long. But I loved Angelina and she had so many people that loved her that it makes the healing process easier."
Contact Jesse Paul at 636-0253. Twitter: @JesseAPaul