PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – It's been nearly a year since a young mother was found shot to death on the side of NC 133 in Rocky Point. Tiffany Dawkins was 23-years-old when her body was found relatively near Cape Fear Elementary and Middle School December 27, 2009.
"[It's] just hard to think about where we were last year with her at this time, especially December," said Brittany Hockabout, Dawkins' sister. "The whole month of December will just be hard to try not to give up faith."
Dawkins' other sister, Michelle Ikner, believes someone took her and shot her several times. Deputies located Dawkins' car in New Hanover County, days after her body was discovered. Investigators said they found Christmas presents in the trunk of the car, which were likely intended for her daughters, who are four and five years old.
At first, family members told the girls their mother had died in a car accident, but they young minds are starting to question the white lie.
"They're getting older and wiser," said Hockabout. "They're starting to understand Mommy did not die in a car accident."
No one has been charged in Dawkins' murder. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pender County Sheriff's Office, (910) 259-1212.
"[It's hard] just knowing the person who did this to her is still out there in the streets, and they don't know the pain they've brought us," said Ikner.
To keep her memory alive, Dawkins' loved ones are holding a candlelight vigil at Liberty Ministry in Porters Neck December 27.
Copyright 2010 WECT. All rights reserved.
322 Shipyard Boulevard