Mom of murdered North Carolina teen: ‘I don’t know how I’m ever going to live without her’

Posted at 6:49 PM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 18:49:13-04

Elizabeth City, N.C. - A North Carolina mother is grieving after her 18-year-old daughter was killed in Elizabeth City over the weekend.

Summer Waaga was stabbed to death at a home on Butlers Lane.

Summer Waaga with her mom Christine Ackermann

Summer Waaga with her mom Christine Ackermann

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"I don't know how I'm ever going to live without her," said Christine Ackermann, "It's such a senseless crime."

Ackermann says her daughter, who was from Shiloh, N.C., was someone who always saw the good in others.

"She'd have five dollars going into 7-Eleven and a man standing outside with a cup would get that five dollars.  That's just Summer.  She was so giving."

Morgan McDonald

Morgan McDonald

Although she's angry about what happened, Ackermann says she doesn't feel  hate towards the teenage suspect or her family.

"I have a lot of compassion for her family, her parents.  I wish them no harm and I hope their hearts aren't as heavy as mine.  I'm not angry at them at all.  I'm angry at their daughter.  Do I hate their daughter?  Absolutely not," said Ackermann.

Ackermann says the teen suspect and her daughter had gone to school together at one point.

The suspect, 17-year-old Morgan Lynn McDonald, is charged with first-degree murder, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A memorial service for Summer Waaga will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street in Elizabeth City.

The Rev. Jon Mason of Riddle Pentecostal Holiness Church will be officiating.