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Family Marks Anniversary of Michelle Young's Death

Posted November 3, 2007 3:20 p.m. EDT
Updated November 5, 2007 12:26 p.m. EST

— 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.