After his conviction for home invasion and murder, the family of a nurse from Illinois who was shot dead in her home by her estranged spouse – a former ‘Family Feud’ contestant and college player – has spoken out.
In a statement written by Sarah Reilly, the sister of Rebecca Postle Bliefnick, relatives said that they should not have been standing in this place on Thursday morning. “We shouldn’t be making this statement. We shouldn’t be living in a society where such a crime is possible.
A jury found on Wednesday that Timothy Bliefnick (40), broke through a window of a second story with a crowbar, shot Postle Bliefnick (41) 14 times using a homemade silent gun, and left her body for her father to discover on February 23.
The statement went on to say, “We shouldn’t have to live without Becky, who was robbed in the most cowardly way possible.” “Her sons were robbed a loving and devoted mother. I was robbed by my sister and bestie. “My parents lost their daughter and I, as a mother myself, cannot imagine a worse torture.”
The police searched his house in early March, and found in the basement more than twenty shell casings that were said to have been fired by the same gun used in eight casings recovered from the crime scene. At trial, prosecutors revealed that the criminal justice student searched Google to find information about how to commit the crimes. This included breaking into homes with a crowbar as well as the response time of local police.
Postle Bliefnick told friends and family she would die if her husband snapped.
Tim Bliefnick, who was born in Quincy University’s Football Hall of Fame, is a member of an amateur theater group and competed on “Family Feud 2020 with his family. Postle Bliefnick expressed concerns about his safety during the divorce.
After the split, he began to grow his hair and post TikTok videos showing him drinking coffee and making jokes.
He left the funeral early, after attending her wake.
On his front porch he was photographed wearing sweatpants and a T shirt by the time his sons returned with relatives from her funeral.
Quincy police arrested him March 13, 2013. After a week-long trial, the jury found him guilty on Wednesday after four hours of deliberations.
Casey Schnack said that Bliefnick’s defense lawyer, Casey Schnack told Fox News Digital on Thursday, she was “disappointed,” but “happy the jury gave the case and families the consideration they deserved.”
The family of Postle Bliefnick continued, “The judicial system cannot bring her back, nor can it heal our pain, but we’re relieved the verdict brings justice and are grateful to all those who helped make it happen.”
Our family wishes to express its eternal gratitude to the Quincy Police Department for their tenacity and professionalism, as well as to the State’s Attorney’s Office and to the jury of our peers, who had to confront such horrific realities in order to reach this resolution.
Postle Bliefnick, a local hero and valedictorian of her local Catholic High School, stayed to find success in Quincy University. She started her career as a pharmacist, but switched to nursing just in time for a coronavirus outbreak. She was awarded the Daisy Award during this period for her dedication towards patients.
Her family announced on Thursday that Becky was “a niece, aunt, cousin, friend, colleague, and caregiver.” “All who loved her are left with heavy hearts in the wake this tragedy.”
She was a mother to three children, who also practiced CrossFit.
The family expressed their gratitude for the prayers and support they received from friends, family and strangers during the darkest days. “We hope that this darkest moment in our lives will not define us, and we will pick up the pieces so we can raise Becky’s boys the way she would have wanted.”
Her sister started a GoFundMe to help her three nephews who now have no parents.
Bliefnick was sentenced by Judge Robert Adrian on August 11, at 1:30 pm CT. He could face life in prison.
Postle Bliefnick’s family stated that, “While life is not normal as it was in the past, this love and support helps restore the belief in the existence of more good in the world than evil.” We ask you to keep Becky’s incredible three boys in your prayers as they face the certainty that their father killed their mother. We will heal by leaning together and on our faith. We will remember Becky fondly, and speak about her often. “She will be loved and missed forever.”