Slain Designer's Mom: "Justice Will Be Done"

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011  |  Updated 5:46 PM EDT
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Slain Designer's Mom: "Justice Will Be Done"

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Sylvie Cachay

The mother of a swimsuit designer from northern Virginia found dead in a posh New York City hotel said she trusts "that justice will be done" after attending a court date for a songwriter's son, who is charged with murdering her daughter.

Sylvie Cachay's parents got their first look in court Tuesday at Nicholas Brooks. He said nothing and didn't look at anyone in the courtroom audience during the brief proceeding.

Antonio and Sylvia Cachay said they felt Brooks didn't care. His lawyer said Brooks didn't know the parents were there.

Sylvie Cachay's body was found in a bathtub on Dec. 9. Brooks has said he left her sleeping.

Brooks's lawyer said he may contest findings she died of strangulation and drowning.

Brooks's father is Academy Award-winning "You Light Up My Life" songwriter Joseph Brooks.

Cachay had dual citizenship and split her time growing up between Peru and McLean, Va. She attended design school in Paris and earned a degree from Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

Cachay's resume included stints with Anne Cole and Victoria's Secret. She also started her own line of swimwear called Syla.

The daughter of an artist, Cachay said on her website that she was first inspired by watching her mother work in her studio.

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