Only on 12: Father of murder victim says daughter 'fell in love with the wrong person'

Cayce Vice was murdered in Richmond County on Saturday. (Picture from Facebook)
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Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The female victim in a Richmond County murder is said to be connected to the man who is accused of also shooting an Aiken County officer.

The victim was 21-year-old Cayce Ray Vice, who is said to have been five weeks pregnant when she was shot in her bed Saturday morning.

Her father, Howard Vice, said she had been dating Joshua Jones since Oct. 31.

"I tried my best to get this girl out of this situation that she was in with this boy," Howard said. "I went almost as far as hurting him to get him to do something, but then I thought that wouldn't work. And so maybe I should've went ahead and done what I was gonna do to him and that police lady might be alive and my daughter might be alive."

Cayce worked at the Five Guys on Washington Road near Alexander Drive. Her employer became suspicious when she did not show up to work at 10 a.m.

When she didn't show up, they went to check on her. Her father said it just wasn't like her, and they knew something was wrong, so they called for a welfare check.

Dispatch received the call around 11:19 a.m. for the welfare check at an apartment unit inside The Greens at Washington.

"When they were telling me about it this morning, I thought it was a teenage joke. I told you that earlier -- but I wish it was," her father said. "I love my daughter very much. I wrap my whole life around my daughter, you know I really did."

Howard said he used to live with Cayce and when her boyfriend moved in, he moved out. He said there has been some abuse in the relationship and that last week, she went to the hospital to get treated after her boyfriend allegedly beat her up.

"I mean she wasn't just beat, she was beat bad," he said.

He said he tried everything he could to get her to end the relationship.

"She was just trying to find herself somebody to fall in love with, I guess. And you know when you reach a certain age and you think you're fully grown and your daddy don't know nothing no more, then what else can I do? Can't say I didn't try. I mean, I tried everything in the world."

But he said he wants people to know the real Cayce. He said she was smart, intelligent and dependent.

"She was a good kid, she really was. She had her morals straightened out," Howard said. "She just fell in love with the wrong person."

Stay with News 12 as we continue to follow this story.

Deputies are investigating a murder at an apartment complex in Augusta. (WRDW-TV / Jan. 28, 2012)