UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Family members of the Union Township woman police say was strangled by her roommate Saturday met with investigators Wednesday for an update on her case.
After the meeting, Meagan Fambry’s father, brother, uncle and mother pledged they would fight as hard as possible to make sure her killer stayed behind bars.
"There will be justice for my daughter," Fambry's father Rick Fambry said. "There will be justice for Meagan Fambry. Without a doubt."
Fambry, 20, was found dead at 10:45 a.m. Saturday after her roommate Phillip Hamm called 911 to tell dispatchers that he blacked out and strangled her.
“This morning my roommate and I got in an argument, and I honestly lost my mind and I went off and I choked her and I killed her,” Hamm said in the 911 call. “It probably happened a few hours ago. Honestly, I don’t know what happened to myself. I really don’t.”
On Monday, Hamm was arraigned in Clermont County court on one charge of murder. He entered a plea of not guilty and a judge set his bond at $500,000. He had no prior criminal record.
All Rick, Fambry's uncle Chuck and her brother Anthony wanted to talk about after Wednesday’s meeting was the "golden-hearted" woman they said loved art and photography and touched the lives of everyone around her.
None of the three would comment on Hamm's 911 call or his confession to authorities.
"I have nothing to focus on him. This is about my daughter and what's been taken from me and numerous uncountable others,” Rick said. “She had friends nationwide, worldwide. There's just no way to put the puzzle together of how many have been touched."
After hearing the 911 call, Fambry’s mother Elizabeth Autry said she was trying to cope with her own emotions.
"Why? I mean she was so precious,” Autry said. "She was so upfront and honest about everything. She never led anybody on. I'm still in shock and disbelief. As angry as I am at Phillip, so far I have not felt any hate."
Hamm attended Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School where his friends knew him as "Tony." His former principal, Susie Skinner, said he was very quiet and a very dedicated student involved in drama activities.
She said everyone who knew Hamm – who worked at Walmart before his arrest – is shocked he could be accused of such a crime.
"That's not the Tony we know," she said.
A visitation for Fambry will be held Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home in Amelia.
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