Dismembered victim remembered as ‘enchanting’

Grand Rapids

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — It was a friendship that started because of looks. Eva Molina said she worked with Ashley Young’s mother, who introduced the two because they looked so similar.

Molina says the two became best friends. She never could have imagined how their relationship would end.

Young, 31, of Oshtemo Township, seemed to have disappeared two weeks ago. Her dismembered body was discovered days later at the Grand Rapids home of Jared Chance, the man who police say mutilated her body and concealed her death. No homicide charge has been filed in the case and no information about how Young died has been released.

“Whatever was done to her, she absolutely did not deserve,” Molina told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday.

Molina said she and Young’s family held out hope that Young would be found alive up until the moment police confirmed through DNA that the remains discovered were Young’s.

Young leaves behind many who loved her dearly.

“She is all around just enchanting. Her personality is just enchanting,” Molina said. “She’s amazing.”

Chance and Young met through Molina some 10 years ago, Molina said. The two were friends but not romantically involved. Molina said there was no sign of any trouble in their relationship and no indication that Chance was capable of hurting her.

“She’s known him for many years. She’s somebody that he knew. And that’s the scariest part,” Molina said. “You don’t know people as well as you think you do, I guess.”

Molina said she and Young’s family are left wondering what the victim’s final moments were like.

“I really don’t want to think about that,” Molina said. “It’s one of those things where you want to know but you don’t want to know.”

She says she’ll forever wonder why the incident happened involving two people she loved.

“That’s the billion-dollar question, just how,” she said before pausing. “Just how.” 

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized. A GoFundMe account has been established to support Young’s family.

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