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Family of teacher stunned by arrest

April 13, 2009

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— Relatives of a Sunday school teacher arrested in the killing of an 8-year-old girl found stuffed into a suitcase said Sunday they are baffled by the accusations against the woman they know as a loving single parent.

“I just can’t comprehend. There are no words,” said Brian Lawless, the father of 28-year-old Melissa Huckaby, who is being held in San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping and killing Sandra Cantu.

Lawless met with reporters outside Clover Road Baptist Church in Tracy, where the family held Easter services. The church is just down the road from the mobile home park where Sandra lived and was last seen.

Huckaby’s grandfather, Clifford Lawless, who is pastor of the church, and others offered prayers for Sandra’s family.

Some churchgoers cried as Huckaby’s uncle, 45-year-old Brett Lawless of Lakewood, gave a sermon preaching that faith was the only way to weather hardship.

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