Ladybug liftoff in honor of Michelle Young

May 10, 2008 9:00:00 PM PDT
This weekend marks the second Mother's Day since Michelle Young was found murdered inside her Wake County home.

Her family and friends are still trying to cope with the loss.

"Michelle was a very sweet, wonderful, loving mother, wonderful daughter," friend Kim Linder said.

Linder is organizing a special Mother's Day celebration through her Web site, Ladybug Liftoff.

"Michelle loved ladybugs," Linder said. "And one of her favorite things growing up was a mirror. It was a ladybug mirror that was given to her as a gift."

Saturday in Garner there will be a family celebration open to the public. It will have a ladybug theme from games to goodies, to a release of live ladybugs.

"Tomorrow is going to be all about celebrating Michelle's life, her love for being a mother to Cassidy, the mother that she would have been to Rylan," Linder said.

Rylan is the inborn child Young was pregnant with when she was found brutally beaten and murdered in her home south of Raleigh in November 2006. Cassidy was home when the murder happened.

No one has ever been charged, but court documents indicate investigators have suspicions about Young's husband, Jason, who they say has been uncooperative.

He's now living with Cassidy near his mother in the mountains of North Carolina.

Young's family and friends will spend another Mother's Day hoping for closure.

"Not having any kind of justice for Michelle and no resolution, you know, to the case -- at least if that were to come to fruition some type of closure could begin and healing could begin, I believe," Linder said.

There is still a $10,000 reward in the case.

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