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Home Video Aims to Keep Slain Mom's Case in Public Eyes

Posted November 14, 2007
Updated November 15, 2007

— Home video of Michelle Young and her daughter, Cassidy, baking cookies in the kitchen reminds her family of happier times – a time before the pregnant, 29-year-old mother was found beaten to death in her Wake County home.

Cassidy, 2 at the time, was found next to her mother, unharmed, on the morning of Nov. 3, 2006. The case remains unsolved.

"It makes me very sad to know that Cassidy is going to grow up without her mother, her wonderful mother, who adored her," Young's mother, Linda Fisher, told WRAL in an exclusive interview earlier this month. (Watch the full interview with Fisher.)

Late Wednesday afternoon, Fisher shared exclusively with WRAL four home video clips never before made public to keep her daughter's memory, death and the fact there has been no arrest in the public eye.

The clips show Young interacting with her daughter. In one clip, Young is walking with Cassidy at MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y., on Long Island. In another, she's teaching her daughter to steer a toy Jeep.

And after speaking with investigators and prosecutors last week, Fisher said she is confident progress in the case will lead to an arrest.

She's not alone in the effort to keep the case alive.

"She was murdered in a violent, senseless way," said Kim Linder, who is part of a grassroots group dubbed "the Magnet Militia." "She was a beautiful, pregnant mother."

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, her jaw was broken; she had bruises on both hands and injuries to her neck that showed her killer also tried to strangle her.

Wake County sheriff's investigators have made no arrests and have named no suspects, but they continue to say they are making progress in the case.

"There is a sense of frustration, but we have faith in Sheriff (Donnie) Harrison and in the investigators," Linder said.

Last month, the group distributed 2,500 magnets with a photo of Young and her husband, Jason Young.

The group includes people from all over the United States – some who were friends with Michelle Young and others, like Linder, who felt compelled to get involved. The group is planning other remembrances for Young, which might include something other than magnets.

"It deeply affected me to know that Cassidy is going to have to grow up without her mom," Linder said.

Information from search warrants indicate the the investigation has appeared to centered on Jason Young, although detectives have not called him a suspect.

Neither is the Magnet Militia.

"We would rather not comment one way or the other as to what we think his involvement is," Linder said. "Right now, we want the focus to stay on Michelle's case and whoever murdered her. We want them to be put in jail."


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  • oneshychristmasangel Nov 15, 2007

    The "husband" doesn't appear to care; nor does his family. Hmmmm....

  • Topsail Girl Nov 15, 2007

    Michelle Money (the girlfriend) has been cleared as has Meredith (Michelle Young's sister) Jason is the only suspect and for good reason.

  • RIP- Yogi Bear Nov 15, 2007

    I think it's just a matter of time before the arrest the husband.

  • ReaderinApex Nov 15, 2007

    Hey Jason; We know you must be reading this, fess up.

  • reginahudock Nov 15, 2007

    I think he sent a fax that was set on a delayed timer (changed the computer clock or other). So that his sister receiving the fax at prescribed time gives him an attempt at establishing an airtight alibi for the time it was sent to show he sent it at the time she was killed. It provides a shift in focus....it is related to the fax machine though and his sister specifically receiving it. Similar in Nature to the Scott Peterson case in California. Premeditated!!!

  • sillyone. Nov 15, 2007

    I wonder if the mistress has been cleared as a suspect and just how tight her story is

  • ok4now Nov 15, 2007

    Where is the utter outrage of Jason Young or his family that his wife and unborn son were slain?? It's nonexistent for a reason.

  • mayor Nov 15, 2007

    forgive typos - I just watched this video and am in tears. What a loving mother and darling child. My thoughts are with the little girl and her mother's family and friends. Praying the merderer is caught and she can be with Michelle's family. lol

  • Adelinthe Nov 15, 2007

    "I think the police should be up the husbands hind end night and day. He would definatley get as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs."


    They said he had been on a business trip, and then stopped at his parents. I have always had the feeling that he went there to clean up and they know full well he killed her, and what's even worse, he left his child there to walk around alone in her mother's blood.

    I can't even imagine the final judgement that will come to this man, I only know it won't be pleasant.

    No one deserves what happened to this mother and child.

    Praying for the child and for the investigators. Lean and clean house.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • dohicky Nov 15, 2007

    The fact he called to make sure the fax was received so his sister-in-law would go over to the house is kind of fishy. Ashamed this little girl couldn't tell. Bet it is imbedded in her mind though.