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Family Marks Anniversary of Michelle Young's Death

Posted November 3, 2007
Updated November 5, 2007

— Michelle Young's mother remembered her Saturday, a year after the 29-year-old pregnant mother of one was found dead in her Wake County home.

“Michelle was the greatest mother. She was incredible,” Linda Fisher said of her daughter.

Fisher lives in New York but said she wanted to visit North Carolina to honor her daughter's memory.

“All I really wanted to do is to be with Michelle. So the only way I can do it is to come here,” Fisher said.

Young's sister Meredith handed out balloons at a graveside memorial service Saturday at Wake Memorial Park.

On Nov. 3, 2006, Young's body was found, with 2-year-old daughter, Cassidy, at her side, unharmed.

An autopsy revealed Young died of blunt-force trauma to the head after being hit at least 10 times. Several of her teeth were knocked out and her jaw was broken. Bruises on her hands and injuries to her neck revealed her killer also tried to strangle her.

Cassidy, now 3½ years old, lives with her father, Jason Young, in western North Carolina. They moved there to be closer to his family shortly after his wife's death.

Authorities have not made any arrests, but said they are making progress in the case.

Wake County sheriff's investigators do not think the crime was random. Young was last seen alive at 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. Her husband was out of town on business when his wife's body was found.

In search warrants related to the case, her husband has appeared to be a focus of the investigation. In part, the documents said he had been having a relationship with a Florida woman and that he had refused to talk with investigators. Authorities, however, have not named him as a suspect.

About 30 people attended Saturday's memorial service. Young's daughter and husband did not attend.


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  • kittiboo Nov 4, 2007

    The fact that the guy won't help the investigation makes him guilty as sin in my book. I would certainly hope that my husband would not only help the investigation, but would DRIVE it, and make the officials do whatever was necessary to find out who killed me. And not coming to the memorial is just another strike against him.
    I feel for that poor family, and hope they have some closure soon.

  • thescarletpimpernel Nov 4, 2007

    +++The husband's unwillingness to cooperate can be interpreted in several ways.

    Agree. I'm certainly am not impressed with the investigation. I simply cannot understand why medical examiner/coroner's office overlooked the request to determine whether Michelle Young was sexually assaulted. Young mother found brutally beaten to death in her home and no one can rule out whether she was sexually assaulted?

    Jason Young, IMO, is abiding by his attorney's advice. Law enforcement hasn't charged anyone yet, Jason is their #1 suspect, even if he is innocent and he subjects himself to an interrogation with his attorney present, law enforcement can still spin his words to fit their scenario.

    There are a lot of "unknowns" and speculation in this case.

    I'd like to know why law enforcement believes this was not a "random" act.

  • mommy2caroline Nov 4, 2007

    I know if something happened to my husband and I was not guilty, I would be at the police station daily to see what's the progress. In my opinion, his lack of cooperation and running away do not reflect highly on him. I still think Scott Peterson everything I read anything else on this tragedy.

  • Jokers Wild II Nov 4, 2007

    To the Questions Asked: No he does NOT have to answer Questions. He does not have to have a lawyer to remain silent, he can simply say " I plead the fifth" or " I am not talking" and the conversation is over.

    To the Moral Question : any person NOT hiding something would answer EVERY SINGLE question in hopes of HELPING the investigation, unless of course that investigation is going to turn up something on you, then why would you help? He is playing the part of a guilty person, and any person being evasive and non-compliant would willingly help solve the brutal death of their wife/child or other family member! AS someone said, he might not ever get caught and tried in the Legal system, but he will face his punishment one day in a much higher form!

  • rpdwife05 Nov 4, 2007

    I ask what was sooo important that he couldn't attend this service. Or at least drop the poor girl off. It's a shame this happened... and I pray for WCSO to gather as much evidence as they need to fry this creep.

  • strolling bones Nov 4, 2007

    you do not have to talk to the police....i have dealings with them....smile...if i am not under arrest i dont have to say boo....if i am under arrest i still dont say boo...you hire a suit and you shut up. Now this has been minor stuff no lives missing etc. Just legal conflict. Now if my spouse or child disappeared I would step forward and volunteer to do any thing they wanted or needed to clear myself. You do not want them wasting their time on you as the suspect in a spouses murder. and you will be the number 1 suspect. But in reality at no time do you have to talk to the police....if you are not under arrest tell them to leave...if you are...call a lawyer...o and another thing...if you are drunk inside your place...ie....student apartment or condo and they ask you to step outside..do not do it....they will nail you for pi...

  • NCGal Nov 4, 2007

    I can't imagine the unbearable pain this family is suffering. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

    Even after arrested, does he have to answer questions? For some reason, I don't think so after he "lawyers up".

  • gopack2008 Nov 3, 2007

    The good Lord up above knows. Justice will be served, whether in this lifetime or the next.

  • Jh5230 Nov 3, 2007

    I'm not sure if I am correct, however I believe that he does not have to officially answer questions unless they officially charge him as a suspect. They are unwilling to do that at this point because they're concerned about arresting him and not having sufficient evidence to deliver justice. If they arrest him, try him and he's acquitted, they would not be able to try him again due to double-jeopardy. So, they're playing it safe and smart, slowly collecting evidence, most likely following his every move closely and waiting for him to make a mistake. Also, they're probably hoping for a break in the case. It's frustrating that this guy hasn't been arrested yet, his actions appear to be those of a guilty person.

  • RaleighMan Nov 3, 2007

    Mayor...even when under arrest, a person has the right to remain silent as brought about by the Fifth Amendment. The husband's unwillingness to cooperate can be interpreted in several ways.

    My heart goes out to the family of this lady. There is only One who has the right to determine when our last day will be.