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Family vows to get answers to who killed her and left her on the side of a road

11:14 PM, Dec 1, 2012   |    comments
  • Prather flanked by her mother on the left and her daughter Mandy on the right in this photo
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of 43-year-old Sherry Prather gathered Saturday in Murray Hill to remember their loved one who went missing October 12, and whose remains were found more than a month  later in a wooded area off Braddock Road.  

Approximately 100 family members and friends watched a slide show of the life of Sherry Lee Prather. She is survived by two daughters, her mother, a sister, a niece, her fiancee, and many friends.

Prater was remembered as one who loved to go on family vacations, loved to eat lobster and shoot pool, and was often heard laughing.

Mandy Gonzalez, one of Prather's two daughters left behind, called her one of a kind, her best friend who meant the world to her.

"I'm only 23 and I lost my mom and I just don't know how to handle it," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez and other family members call it a nightmare , and their lives will never be the same.

" I am angry, very angry, I want answers, I want to know what happened to her, why it happened to her. She wasn't a bad person, so I just don't understand why someone would want to do that to her."

" I am so sorry this happened to you," said her sister Holly Lomison, who read a statement at what the family called a celebration of her life. "But know your family will not rest until whoever did this to you is brought to justice."

"I love you baby, I love you with all my heart," said her mother Norma Ellis after she narrated the slide show.

Ellis was very emotional, vowing to do all she can to get answers , and had harsh words for whoever took her daughter's life.

"They are going to pay, for the brutal way they left her on the side of the road, when there was nothing left of her when they found her, he must have never loved anybody in his whole life, to be able to do that."

She vowed to keep her daughter's story alive and asked anyone who knows anything to call police, who are investigating this homicide but haven't indicated to the family if they have any suspects.

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