The victim's family is Catholic and believes that the death of a fetus should be treated like murder, said family friend Maria Barriga.
"He killed a baby, whether it was inside the mother or outside the mother," Barriga said. "It's almost like aborting a baby without the mother's permission.
"They didn't lose one person; they lost two people."
The baby was due to be born in January.
The suspect in the slaying of pregnant woman from Grand Rapids testified before Congress when he was a teenager
Life Links 10/17/05