ANOKA, Minn. - Wearing T-shirts with their daughter's smiling face, the parents of Brittany Clardy are breaking their two-month silence.
"We want people to know that she was our daughter. She was a person. She was loved," says father Alvin Clardy.
The 18-year-old was murdered in February and her body was discovered inside a car at a Columbia Heights impound lot.
Anoka County prosecutors have charged 23-year-old Alberto Prece Palmer with second-degree murder in the beating death of Brittany Clardy.
His arrest brought about a revelation that has shaken Brittany's parents to the core.
Their daughter had been working as a prostitute.
"Brittany was home every evening. Brittany checked in every couple hours," says mother Marquita Clardy. "You do what you can to keep your kids safe."
The police report reveals that Brittany was meeting clients through a website called backpage.com.
"We've all been 18, 17. We all made mistakes, but we move on. We learn from it, and we grow up," says Marquita. "Brittany doesn't have that opportunity, so we want to see justice done."
Dozens of family members were in court on Tuesday to hear Palmer issue a plea. Instead, his attorneys have asked for a mental health evaluation first.
"I hope you rot in hell," yelled Clardy's aunt as she stormed out of the court room.
There were several outbursts from family members despite repeated warnings from the judge.
Palmer is being held on $2 million bail.
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