[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/04/12/california.slain.girl/art.huckaby.mugshot.tpd.jpg caption="Melissa Huckaby was charged with kidnapping and murder in the death of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu."]
The family of a woman who faces charges of killing an 8-year-old playmate of her daughter's said Sunday the accusations are "completely out of character." The Tracy, California, family offered their prayers to the victim's family.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of this beautiful girl," said a man who would not give his name, identifying himself only as a relative of suspect Melissa Huckaby, 28.
He was referring to Sandra Cantu, who was last seen alive March 27 in the mobile home park where she lived with her family - the same mobile home park where Huckaby lives with her own 5-year-old daughter. The two children were close friends and played together frequently, Tracy police Sgt. Tony Sheneman said.
Sandra's body was found Monday, stuffed into a suitcase and submerged in a pond at a dairy farm.
Huckaby was arrested late Friday after she was questioned by police. She faces kidnapping and murder charges in Sandra's death.
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