Loved ones called Kayla Escalante 'Kay' and said that she would have given the shirt off her back to help someone in need.
She was 27 years old and one of three women found dead at the house where Stewart Weldon lived.
"They're somebody's someone," said friend Rebecca Wozniak.
In an exclusive interview, Wozniak told Western Mass News that she remembers Kay as a loving and caring friend.
The two met in 2015 at a men's addiction program in Holyoke.
"The father of her child was incarcerated. I was there visiting my own child who needed help for substance abuse and we just became friends. We'd start hanging out waiting to go in and bring our loved ones some stuff," Wozniak added.
When Brianna Cuoco went missing months later, Wozniak said that she remembered going on a search with Escalante.
"She was a beautiful person, a beautiful soul. To hear that this happened, she didn't deserve this to happen. None of these women did," Wozniak said.
Wozniak added that Escalante loved music and even named her daughter with that in mind.
Escalante loved her mother, Wozniak remembers, and sends her love and light to the entire family.
"She had just gotten clean herself. She was living under a bridge. She was homeless and she did it on her own. She found God. She found her way back to the church," Wozniak added.
Wozniak said that in recent months, she had no contact with Escalante. She said that she had heard that Escalante was using again and therefore didn't find it odd that she hadn't heard from her or seen any activity on social media.
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