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Family, friends to remember woman shot, killed 2 years ago

Amber Bass' life to be remembered Sunday at Baker Point Park

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Family and friends of a young woman shot and killed in front of her own home will gather to remember her life Sunday night.

Sunday marks two years since Amber Bass, 22, was robbed and killed as she came home from a night out with friends.

So far, there have been no arrests in the case and Saturday night, her family was still baffled as to why there have been no new leads in the case.

Bass' family and friends are expected to be at Baker Point Park in Ortega at 6 p.m. Sunday to reflect on the things about her that made them smile. For them, this is all about remembering her and not what happened to her.

Robin Lezcano showed News4Jax the room in her house she's dedicated to Bass. The walls are covered with framed pictures of butterflies -- a small, docile symbol to remind Lezcano of her little sister.

"Everything in this room, I feel like she would have loved," Lezcano said.

Even though it's been two years, Lezcano said it's still so hard to believe the girl with the bright eyes and wide smile is really gone.

"To us it feels like it just happened. Other days it feels like 10 years," Lezcano said. "You just go through the motions. You wake up, you have to make yourself remember that she's not here."

Shortly after Bass' death, police released a surveillance picture of a car believed to have followed her home. Later on, a sketch of her purse believed to have been taken by her killer was circulated to the public.

Despite there being no answers in her case, Bass' family and friends have memories to cherish.

"I also remember how creative she was in the kitchen. We could just plan a meal together and she could whip up anything out of the kitchen and it would be delicious," Lezcano said. "I miss what a great aunt she was."

Bass was an aunt who left a lasting impression on Bella, who was 3 years old at the time of Bass' death.

"My oldest acts so much like my sister. It's bittersweet she won't grow up with her and she won't see her grow up," Lezcano said.

On those days when things are especially hard, memories and butterflies make a world of difference.

"It never fails anytime we're having a bad day or sad moment, a yellow butterfly will fly past us," Lezcano said.

Even in the most unusual place, like the beach.

"We were feeling sad that day, and a butterfly came out of nowhere from the ocean and flew right past us," Lezcano said. "It's just a way for us to feel connected to her some piece of this earth that holds beauty."

Bass' family is planning to release lanterns at Sunday's celebration for Bass' life. The public is welcome to attend.


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