EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Maggie Haas says when she got the news she had been waiting for on Monday.
U.S. Marshals had finally captured the last man wanted in connection to the murder of her son, 23-year-old Anthony Haas, in May.
“It was a beginning to the healing," she said with a sigh of relief.
Anthony was killed on May 10. Police say three men beat and shot him to death on Charles St. in East Cleveland just after 10:30 p.m.
“It’s been very hard. We’ve known who he was. The police have known who he was,” Maggie explained.
“This has been the longest seven months knowing that he was out there.”
Since Anthony's murder, Maggie surrounds herself with things that remind her son and said the arrest Daniel Hughes is right on time.
“It won’t bring Anthony back. It won’t bring him back, but we can get justice. We can have some peace and some closure.”
Now, as the holidays approach, Maggie tells Cleveland 19 she feels a sense of comfort.
An angel ornament hangs on her Christmas tree in memory of her beloved son.
“This was the best Christmas present ever. Ever,” she said.
And she has a message for others who want closure.
“The other families—just do not give up hope. Don’t give up,” Maggie instructed.
“Do not stop fighting for justice for your loved ones that you’ve lost.”