For the first time, the mother of Lynn Jackenheimer is talking about her daughter's murder.
Lynn was vacationing in Dare County with her kids and Nathan Summerfield in July.
That’s when police say her ex-boyfriend, Summerfield, stabbed and strangled her before dumping her body.
“I just feel we've been robbed this whole time. Her daughter needs her to be school shopping with her,” Lynn Jackenheimer`s mother Laurie Johnson said. “Her daughter needs her to take her to school, she just needs to be with them.”
Laurie Johnson has not only been faced with the disappearance and death of her daughter, Lynn Jackenheimer, but now a custody battle.
"I’m gonna fight for them the best I can," she says.
There’s 13-year-old Sierra that Laurie already takes care of and 3-year-old Leland who she's fighting to keep.
"He still wants his mom at night time and he still wants his mom in the morning."
Leland is the child of Jackenheimer and Nate Summerfield.
The two were on vacation in Dare County, close to where she was found strangled and stabbed.
Summerfield’s parents are petitioning the courts for custody of little Leland. Jackenheimer's mother is fighting it.
Looking back, Lynn's sister Tasha says there is so much she regrets.
“There`s a lot of what-ifs,” said Tasha Holland. “I should have done this, I should have done that, but it's too late now.”
Tasha wants to find her sister’s accused killer.
"He's still out there so I really want him caught."