"Yeah, it's been a hard, hard few days and it seems like longer than it really has been," said Ali’s step mom, Leslie Duke.
Duke said Ali and her boyfriend had been together 2 years. She said the relationship had never been violent, but it had run its course.
"They had problems and she wanted to break up, and he snapped. What he did was a terrible, terrible thing, but his family is suffering as well," Duke said.
She said the pain from this tragedy has been overwhelming. Ali also left behind two children ages 5 and 8. Because of that, the family is trying to stay positive.
"Looking forward and thinking what's going to be best for the children, first and foremost that is the most important thing," said Ali’s stepdad Scott Duke.
Scott Duke had been a part of Ali’s life since she was a small child and he said she had become an amazing woman.
"She was just one of these people that come along once in a lifetime that people tend to gravitate to, her sense of humor would make you want to be around her," he said.
Duke also said Ali had a way of bringing friends and family together. He said she touched everyone around her, and even though her life was cut short, her presence changed everyone she knew, forever.
"I was blessed to be able to be brought into her life," he said.
This terrible tragedy was of course unexpected, and unplanned. Because of that, Ali’s family is concerned about the future of her children. So, they've started a fund for the kids at American First Credit Union under the name Alida Dalton, the account number is 9055534. The credit union will accept cash or check.