Jessica Ridgeway: Killer's ex-girlfriend says 'he was so sweet'

Austin Sigg, 17, accused of murdering 10-year-old girl and dismembering her body has friends who hold him in high regard. Screen shot via KSDK.

The 17-year-old teen accused of murdering and dismembering a 10-year-old Westminster, Colorado, girl has one adoring fan, his ex-girlfriend.

Austin Sigg dated a girl he met a Christian youth group. She says the pair went to church together and that he always wore a cross necklace. She spoke with KSDK News on Thursday, going into detail about her impression of Sigg, saying he was a good and kind person. The ex-girlfriend agreed to speak on camera if the KSDK producers didn’t identify her by name or show her face.

The ex-girlfriend said that she dated Sigg in 8th grade and their freshman year of high school at Standley Lake High School.

She says of Sigg, “He was so sweet and so kind. I know that heart is still in him. But sometimes things happen that change people.”

She also wants Sigg to know that she’s thinking of him. In a letter to Sigg, she writes, “Austin, whatever happened and changed that broke you, I’m sorry for. I just want you to know that I’m praying for you. You aren’t a bad guy. But you did a bad thing. I don’t hate you. I wish I could see you and tell you that you’re loved. I’ll never stop praying for you and you’ve always got a place in my heart.”

She says, “The Austin I knew would never have done anything like that.”