Father of Stabbed Woman Reacts

By Justin Foss, Reporter

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By Justin Foss

JOHNSON COUNTY - The father of a Johnson County woman said, "It didn't have to happen," after his daughter was killed on Friday.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Department says Wendy Peck's daughter found the bodies of Peck and her boy-friend Robert Lovetinsky Jr. at a home Friday evening.

Now, authorities say Peck was stabbed to death in her home.

Wendy Peck's father told TV9 that authorities said it was a murder suicide. Henry Klosterman said authorities told him his daughter had stab wounds to her neck and back, and on her hands. Klosterman said authorities also told him that Lovetinsky committed suicide by cutting his arms.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Department isn't confirming that Lovetinsky killed Peck, but the department did say they're not looking for any other suspects. The sheriff told TV9 that they are waiting for more tests results before announcing the final decision.

Henry Klosterman said his daughter's 12-year relationship with Lovetinsky was rocky.

"She was happy most of the time and she had a lot of friends and she did a lot of things and she was a very helpful caring person," said Klosterman.

Both Klosterman and Peck's son said Lovetinsky suffered from a mental illness. They said he was diagnosed as bi-polar.

Peck's son told TV9 that he believes one of the reasons his mother and Lovetinsky stayed together is because she thought she could help him.

Lovetinsky's family declined to comment.

Peck's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City.

The funeral chapel taking care of Lovetinsky said his service will be private.

Email Justin Foss at Justin.Foss@kcrg.com

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