Pregnant teen Téa Choates was looking forward to becoming a first time mom.
But the 19-year-old was tragically found strangled in a wooded area in Dekalb County on Tuesday.
Her fiancé, Aldeyshaun Locklear, 18, has been arrested for her murder, along with aggravated assault and concealing a death.
According to AJC, Choates appeared to have died from strangulation, but a coroner has yet to give an exact cause of death.
Choates frantic mother reported her daughter missing on August 6.
Ebony King took to Facebook to launch an appeal for her daughter’s safe return. She shared with her followers that Téa was three months pregnant.
King has since made a heartbreaking post after news of her daughter’s death emerged.
“We are numb and at a loss for words. My gift, my love, my heartbeat, my hero, my 1st born baby is gone,” she sadly wrote.
“She was found deceased. I gather the strength to post this as we have continued to receive calls and text messages asking for updates. We are unable to discuss details at this time. We thank you so much for your shares of our post. I have no other words.”
King runs a center in the state that helps survivors of human trafficking and domestic abuse.
She revealed that she had been trying to get her daughter to move to Florida for months.
But her daughter was dangerously in love with suspect Aldeyshaun Locklear.
In the Facebook post, King wrote that the last text she had received came from Locklear’s phone.
“She loved him,” King said. “She wanted to stay, no matter what I would say to her. She really just wanted the family.”
Back in March, King claims that her and her husband, Everett King, confronted Locklear about his violent behavior towards Choates.
But Locklear would admit no wrong doing and promised them that he loved their daughter.
“Téa’s biggest thing was she would say, ‘I could change him, I can help him,’ she said. “That’s how her heart was built … but you can’t love a person hard enough to change.”
Locklear is currently being held without bond.