Genna Ayup's family speaks out to 9OYS after arrest

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Genna Ayup's family speaks out to 9OYS after arrest

CREATED Jul 13, 2012

Reporter: Marcelino Benito

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - For more than two weeks, Genna Ayup's family has demanded justice. Now, it looks like the wheels of justice are finally starting to turn. Ayup's mother is speaking out exclusively to 9OYS.

Genna's mother Toni Solheid says it hasn't been easy to accept Genna is gone. It's even harder when you learn her life was cut short because of someone else.

"Makes me sick, the whole thing just makes me sick to my stomach," said Solheid.

Tucson Police now say Genna's boyfriend, Ronald James Corbin Jr. is responsible. He was arrested Thursday and charged with manslaughter. The arrest came more than two weeks after Genna was killed. The family and 9OYS wanted to know why.

"It's a unique situation, a complex investigation," said Sgt. Maria Hawke. "Things take time and other things that come into mix as well when we have other incidents that have to be investigated as well. We also have limited resources, stretched thin, but they have still worked diligently on the case."

That's no consolation to a family that's been waiting for answers. 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked Solheid how the family copes. She replied, "Day by day, hour by hour. We just take it day by day. On Tuesday, I said today's two weeks. Is it always going to feel this bad? Is it going to be this way for the rest of our lives?"

Those are questions she says she won't be able to answer until she sees justice for Genna.

"I still need more answers," Solheid said. "I still have a lot of questions. I guess we're hoping the justice system does its job."

Corbin Jr. was released with no bond. He claims his gun accidentally went off. He's due back in court on August 23rd.

The Pima County Attorney's Office will work with the Tucson Police Department in the coming weeks to coordinate on the final charges.