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Victim's family relieved after suspect arrested in brutal beating death

Police say Theresa Adair died after being severely beaten by her ex-boyfriend. (Source: Family) Police say Theresa Adair died after being severely beaten by her ex-boyfriend. (Source: Family)
Carlton Springer was captured on Monday night. (Source: Cleveland Police) Carlton Springer was captured on Monday night. (Source: Cleveland Police)
Adair's brother, Darnell Smith, says the family is relieved Springer was caught and hopes for justice. (Source: WOIO) Adair's brother, Darnell Smith, says the family is relieved Springer was caught and hopes for justice. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Cleveland Police have arrested a man who they say beat his ex-girlfriend to death last month. Family members tell us they finally have some sense of closure.

"Rest a little more knowing that he's not out here, just thinking that what he did was okay, with no repercussions or consequences for his actions," explains Darnell Smith.

Smith got the call Monday that the man accused of beating his sister to death was finally locked up on domestic violence and felonious assault charges. He says it felt like a game of cat and mouse.

For several weeks, he had received text messages from people saying they had seen his sister's ex-boyfriend around town. Officers caught up with 31-year-old Carlton Springer on Cleveland's west side.

"Have some closure to it at this stage right now. It's still a long process to get through this," says Smith.

At age 34, Theresa Daisy Adair died on Sept. 7. Her family chose to donate her organs so she could help others. It was an emotional decision Smith says, but he has no regrets knowing she will live on in others.

"Hopefully, her organs helped out quite a few people, so we end up with one life, three or four lives later. I would rather have her memory remembered as what she did," says Smith.

Smith says his family hopes justice will be served. He says he still can't understand why his sister was taken from him in such a violent way.

"You intentionally knocked her out and all that for what? It’s a female. Someone you're supposed to care about, that looked out for you," says Smith.

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