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Mothers of 1999 Teen Murder Victims Speak Out


August 1st marks 14 years since authorities found the bodies of two 17 year-old girls in the trunk of one of the girls' car. Each had a bullet wound in the head.

Emotions ran high as community members paid tribute to the lives of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley.

Friends and family brought flowers, wore memorial tee-shirts, and even displayed a portrait of Tracy and J.B.
As time wears on, the pain of their loss is still an open wound for those closest to them. In a mystery that captured the attention of the nation, those responsible for the girls' murders have still not been brought to justice.

Hawlett's mother, Carol Roberts, says her faith has helped her grieve and heal, but that losing a child to murder is something no parent should have to go through.

"You go on," says Roberts. "You go on because you have to. You want to just dig you a hole and crawl in it because in essence you feel like your life is over too. My heart wasn't broken. It was like somebody just reached in and ripped it out."

Beasley's mother echoes the same pain. August 1 would mark J.B.'s thirty-first birthday.

"The build-up starts a month or two before (August 1) and it just starts building up," says Cheryl Burgoon. "I know it's coming. Just like when you anticipate any child's birthday. But then it's the night she went out and was murdered. I don't understand why it gets easier. I want it to."

As the girls' families continue to cope, investigators are still following leads in the unsolved mystery case.

Roberts says that even now, she believes investigators are headed in the right direction.


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