SACRAMENTO - Murder victim Sarah Douglas was remembered by family and friends at a memorial outside her former home in Sacramento County Friday night.
"She was a carefree little spirit. Didn't have no hatred for anyone," Douglas' stepfather Willie Burkett said.
At Douglas' home in the 9300 block of Fox River Way, dozens of family members, friends and neighbors lit candles, placed flowers and other mementos at the memorial.
Douglas, 26, was found by her older sister Thursday morning in the home she shared with her fiancé 55-year-old Orville Fleming, a Cal Fire battalion chief at the agency's academy in Ione.
Fleming is considered a suspect in her death and is wanted by law enforcement.
Family members said Fleming was highly-controlling, and was obsessed with keeping Douglas in his life. But, they said the pair had no history of violence.
"This is unreal, what he did to her. I didn't see him doing something like this, but I guess he snapped," Burkett said. "Something happened, I don't know."
According to Burkett, Douglas and Fleming argued often.
"She was gonna leave him. But then, she always was gonna leave him and always stayed," Burkett said. "He begged her to stay, she stayed."
Other family members described Douglas as "innocent."
"She's 26 but she would remind you of someone like a teenager," Douglas' aunt Trina Werly said. "She's really young and naive and just really full of life."
The family is asking Fleming to turn himself in. Law enforcement said Fleming has ties to Elk Grove, the Fresno/Clovis area and other parts of California.
"He deserves to be caught," Burkett said. "And no matter where he goes, he can't hide, you know what I mean? They're gonna get him."