BLOOMINGTON - While the boyfriend of Olamide Adeyooye said he hopes the man accused of killing her suffers, the woman who helped raise that man promises to "always love him."
Maurice Wallace, 27, of the 900 block of Market Street, Normal, was in court Friday on charges related to Adeyooye's death in October.
Andy Wildrick, Adeyooye's boyfriend of 3 1/2 years, said after the hearing he was glad to see someone in handcuffs in the case, but knowing more about what happened to Adeyooye did not make it easier to cope with her death. He said it is hard to fathom what his girlfriend experienced, and he would have done anything to prevent her from feeling any pain.
He also said he hopes Maurice Wallace suffers.
But Ruby Wallace, Maurice Wallace's aunt, said she did not believe her nephew killed Adeyooye. She said she loves him and prays for him and Adeyooye's family.
"I'll always love him," Ruby Wallace said. "I'll always be there for him."
Ruby Wallace, who now lives in Bloomington, said Maurice Wallace lived with her in Chicago from ages 10 to 16, and he did not have disciplinary problems during the years he was under her roof. She was a foster parent to him and his sister, Tyiasha.
"I've never had a problem with him," Ruby Wallace said. "To me, he was obedient. He always did what I asked him to do."
Wildrick, a 21-year-old from Jacksonville who once attended Illinois State University, said he and Adeyooye had talked about marriage and planned for a life together after she graduated from ISU. He stayed in her apartment for months on end while home from touring with his band, The Junior Varsity, he said.
"I never in my life considered marrying anyone but this girl," Wildrick said, later saying, "She loved me very much, and I loved her very much."
Wildrick said he talked to her the night of Oct. 13, when she said she was going to rent movies. He was in Connecticut at the time for one in a series of performances on the East Coast, and he planned to see her again Oct. 20, he said.
Wildrick said he had never seen Maurice Wallace before Friday's hearing.
Ruby Wallace said Maurice Wallace told her he was doing well at Heartland Community College and he always seemed happy around her.
She said Maurice Wallace is like a son to her and has visited him in jail. But the two do not talk about the allegations against him.
"When I come here, I talk to him about the word of God," Ruby said. "That's all I can talk about."
She told him when he was younger that she would remain by his side, she said.
"I'm going to be there for him," she said. "If I had the bond, I would have gotten him out."