Jason Transue was trying to convince his daughter, Sativa Transue, 26, to drive through Washington state for Thanksgiving last week, but she told him Thursday morning that she was going on a last-minute trip to Cancun, Mexico, with her three-year-old boyfriend, Taylor Allen, 31.
Jason was woken up on Saturday morning by a phone call from his ex-wife, Sativa’s mother, who said their daughter was found “beaten to death” in a resort hotel room.
“It woke me up. I thought it wasn’t real. I hoped it wasn’t real,” Jason Transue told Fox News Digital. “She was amazing. I know everyone says that about their own kids, but you didn’t even have to know the girl. Her smile brightened anyone’s day.”
Allen was arrested for femicide by authorities in Quintana Roo, the Mexican state where Cancun is located, according to the Transue family.
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When asked if Allen had been arrested by Mexican authorities, a US State Department spokesperson confirmed that a US citizen had been arrested but did not identify Allen by name.
“We can confirm the arrest of a US citizen near Cancun, Mexico,” the spokesperson said. “We are following the investigation closely. Out of respect for the privacy of the family, we have no further comments.”
The US Consulate in Merida, the closest consulate to Cancun, referred the questions to the State Department. Quintana Roo’s Ministry of Public Security did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Sativa’s father has said that Allen engaged in disturbing behavior before she was killed, including monitoring Sativa’s phone and threatening to jump from the fourth-floor balcony in Cancun the day before her death.
“I think that’s when she told him she wanted to leave, and I think that’s why he threatened to jump,” said Jason Transue.
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Mykayla Bolieu, Sativa’s sister, wrote on a crowdfunding webpage that Sativa texted her friends the day before she died, saying the couple had an argument.
“She and her boyfriend had an argument at one point and stitches were needed for Sativa. She couldn’t remember what happened,” Sativa’s sister wrote.
Stacia Shirley, who previously employed both Sativa Transue and Taylor Allen, told Fox News Digital that Allen has “a ridiculous temper.”
Allen was building an office for Shirley once and was so frustrated with the project that he “took a mallet and just beat the shit” out of the room, Shirley said.
“The wood was flying and I had to run,” she said.
Jason Transue said her daughter told her friends and family about an alter ego that sometimes arose when Allen drank too many drinks she called, one she called “The Beast.”
“When Sativa texted me and told me they were dating, I was shocked. You couldn’t find two other absolutely opposing people. Sativa was just a ray of sunshine, one so beautiful person, ”said Shirley. “Her laughing, I begged people to send me videos of this because I can’t imagine my life could never hear this again.”
One of Sativa’s family members traveled to Mexico in an attempt to collect his remains and possessions and bring them back to the United States.
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Jason Transue said he hopes the Sativa story inspires others to seek the help they need.
“I think if anyone out there, all these young girls, they have to come out of any kind of domestic problems,” the father said. “If this can teach someone anything, they have to open up and tell someone. It’s so sad that she couldn’t tell someone.”
Taylor Allen’s parents could not be reached for comment on Thursday.