Community remembers murdered young mother in candelight vigil

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - It's been one year since a mother of two was murdered in Pender County, and investigators are still looking for her killer.  Tiffany Dawkins' family held a candlelight vigil Monday night to remember her life.

Exactly one year after her death, the family is so sad about losing her and so frustrated that her murderer is still on the loose.

Dawkins' family came together to remember the life of the 23-year-old mother of two.  Her young daughters were at the vigil.  They're too young to understand why their mother is no longer with them.  Family members say they held this vigil to keep Dawkins' memory alive and to ask for the community's help in finding her killer.

It was a year ago that Dawkins was found shot to death on the side of N.C. 133 in Rocky Point.  Her car was found two days later at a different location with Christmas presents still inside.  Dawkins' sister, Michelle Ikner, says she is confident that one day, justice will be served.

"The person that's out there, they know they did it," said Ikner.  "I know it's eating at them because they have a conscience.  If this doesn't catch up with them, something else will."

Family members say they believe they know who killed Dawkins, but they are keeping tight-lipped about the person's identity because they don't want to hurt the investigation.  They say right now, authorities just don't have enough evidence to arrest that person.

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