On the day that investigators determined how Mollie Tibbetts died, Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa offered her thoughts on the case.
An autopsy by the Iowa state medical examiner indicated Tibbetts was stabbed with a sharp object.
Ernst weighed in Thursday during an interview with Local 4 News’ Washington D.C. Bureau.
“Her life was cut short tragically,” Ernst said. “And adding to that burden, and to add to that burden is the fact that she was killed by someone who entered the country illegally. That brings up a whole extra level of angst with what we see and the debate around immigration.”
Mollie’s aunt issued a statement Tuesday saying it didn’t matter whether Cristhian Rivera was here illegally and that they appreciate the support they’ve received from around the world.
“Please remember, evil comes in EVERY color,” Billie Jo Calderwood wrote on Facebook. “Our family has been blessed to be surrounded by love, friendship and support throughout this entire ordeal by friends for all different nations and races. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”