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Christmas Ornaments to Benefit Michelle Young's Daughter

Posted December 5, 2007

— A group of friends of Michelle Young are doing what they can to benefit the slain 29-year-old's daughter.

Carol Nelson, who was Young's supervisor in Progress Energy's tax department in Raleigh, and others will sell ladybug Christmas ornaments in Young's memory during First Friday in downtown Raleigh. According to Young's mother, she loved ladybugs.

The money will go into a scholarship fund for Young's daughter, Cassidy.

"Obviously, this is for the benefit of Cassidy, but we are hoping that it will keep Michelle's case alive and eventually, hopefully bring her killer to justice," said Kim Linder, the organizer of a grassroots campaign, dubbed "the Magnet Militia," that has helped keep the case in the public eye.

Young was found beaten to death in her Wake County home on Nov. 3, 2006. At the time, she was pregnant. Cassidy, then 2, was by her side, unharmed. There's been no arrest, and authorities have not named any suspects in the case.

"There's a big sense of frustration, but we also want the investigators to do what they have to do to have a good case against whoever did this," Nelson said.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said investigators work on the case every day and recently searched Young's vacant home again, more than a year after the homicide, because new investigators added to the case had never seen the crime scene in person.

"Whatever happens, we hope that having new investigators in it will help us develop new leads," Willoughby said.

"We got to a point we needed more fresh eyes," Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. "We needed people we could sit around our war room table with and say, 'Have we done this? Have we done that?'"

Those who loved Young said an active investigation gives them hope.

"I do think the case will eventually be solved," Nelson said, "and we're hopeful it's sooner rather than later."

The ornaments will be sold Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in front of the Virtual Art Exchange in Raleigh's City Market.

Personal notes can be written to Michelle Young's family on the backs of the ornaments. They will be hung on a Christmas tree at Progress Energy.

A memorial fund has also been set up. Contributions can be made at any Bank of America or sent to The Michelle Young Memorial Fund, Bank of America, 1335 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina, N.C. 27526.

Cassidy Young is staying with her father, Jason Young, and his family in western North Carolina. He was there when his wife's body was found.


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  • druid Dec 7, 2007

    A memorial fund has been set up. Contributions can be made at any Bank of America or sent to The Michelle Young Memorial Fund, Bank of America, 1335 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina, N.C. 27526. Ornaments can be purchased through Carol Nelson in the tax department at Progress Energy. Rest assured that arrangements have been made that any $ donated for ornaments will NEVER get into the hands of the father. Never.

  • mommy2caroline Dec 6, 2007

    I hope there will no way the husband can access this money "on behalf of the daughter" since I hope he'll be arrested soon.

  • Lissa13082 Dec 6, 2007

    Can you buy these ornaments some place other than downtown? Is there a website I can go to and get them, maybe? I'm interested in purchasing one...

  • howdiditgettothis Dec 6, 2007

    With all the press coverage this story has received, perhaps one of her friends could set up a website selling the ladybugs.
    Many people who would love to help won't be at the event.

    Or has an account been created for her daughter, and if so -- where is it, and how does one donate to it?

    Terribly tragic story.

    I commend the investigators who are working diligently to solve the case.

    I do think the daughter SHOULD NOT be in the custody of the husband.

    Any husband who acts the way he is (adultry, "running" away in every possible sense..........) would not be considered my first choice of parent for the child.

  • Dismald Dec 6, 2007

    Its hard to believe that there has been so little movement in this case. There was another home invasion robbery in Stantonsburg. The owner of the Jin Jin Restaurant was murdered in his home across the road from his business. No word on that either...come on SBI!

  • 3potato4 Dec 5, 2007

    I don't live close enough to Raleigh to be familiar with First Friday. Can anyone tell me what and where specifically it is?

  • jackadoo Dec 5, 2007

    The husband, by refusing to talk to police, is a suspect, no doubt. Wasn't there a story about a group of people who were there until late at night the night before? I do not think this was random. The killer knew her.

  • Jh5230 Dec 5, 2007

    It's so good to know that this lady was loved (and still is) by so many. They will never let anyone forget about Michelle Young. I think it's wonderful that they're setting up a fund for her sweet daughter, too. She'll need it when Jason Young is convicted of this terrible crime.

  • wcnc Dec 5, 2007

    It sure seems like Michelle's neighbors and co workers are doing a lot to keep this story in the news....yet Jason's family just wants it out of the news.....interesting difference there....