By Liz Collin

By Liz Collin, WCCO-TV

KASOTA, Minn. (WCCO) — Family and friends are grieving a young mother who police say died at the hands of an ex-boyfriend.

Police found Jessica Buboltz dead in her Kasota apartment a week ago. On Friday, people gathered to remember the 20-year-old at her funeral in Buffalo Lake.

They are also sharing a message they hope other young women will take to heart.

“She was my one and only and I wanted to make sure she was always safe,” Dawn Buboltz, Jessica’s mother told us.

Last Thursday, Dawn Buboltz couldn’t keep Jessica safe. Jessica went to a Halloween party that night with Tyler Wickland. He told police they’d broken up and that early the next morning he used a knife to slit her throat.

“I don’t think she thought he could ever,” Dawn said.

Jessica’s mother admits there was trouble in the relationship before, but that Jessica had wanted so badly for things to work.

“She never had a father so she wanted Emma to have a father and she wanted Tyler to be that person,” Dawn said.

Brittney Hoese grew up with Jessica and still can’t believe she’s gone.

“This should open a lot of girls’ and guys’ eyes that if there’s domestic abuse get out you don’t know what someone is capable of,” Hoese said.

Now, both sets of grandparents have asked to raise the little girl left behind.

“It’s all about Emma. I just want her to be happy. God will put her in the right arms at the end of all of this,” Dawn said.

Wicklund’s parents are now caring for Emma. They did not attend Jessica’s funeral. Tyler has been charged with two counts of second degree murder. He faces 40 years in prison if he’s convicted.

To help Jessica’s family donations can be made to the Jessica Buboltz Memorial Fund:

Lake Community Bank
11102 57th Street NE
Albertville, Minn. 55301


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