April Tinsley's mother asked for privacy Wednesday in a news conference held at a memorial for the slain 8-year-old.
Janet Tinsley thanked prosecutors and investigators who worked to make an arrest Sunday in the case but said in a statement she would not answer questions about it.
Joined by Fort Wayne Deputy Police Chief Garry Hamilton, police department spokesman Michael Joyner and other officers, Tinsley spoke at April's Garden, a memorial at Hoagland and Masterson avenues.
"I was hoping one day it would come," Tinsley said, referring to the arrest of a suspect in the case. "I was shocked, but then again, I was happy."
John D. Miller, 59, of Grabill, is charged with murder in April's death in 1988.
Tinsley told The Journal Gazette on Tuesday she would push prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the case, but would not say at the news conference whether Miller should be executed.
Hamilton declined to comment.
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