Kasie Clary (Family photo)
HILLSBORO (November 30, 2013) Even though no arrests have been made in last summer's brutal murder of a young woman, a memorial site is helping Kasie Clary's friends and family heal and make sure her smile is never forgotten.
Heartache and anger are part of the grieving process for those who knew Clary.
"Her mother, Allison, is a strong woman," Melissa Carter, a long-time family friend, said. "She is doing the very best she can but when she's with me, she breaks down a lot. She just can't handle everything. It is just too much."
23-year-old Clary went missing last May and her body was found a few days later in a field near the Hill/Johnson County line.
Clary's murder remains unsolved.
"Her smile was contagious," Carter said. "She loved people and she didn't meet anyone she didn't love."
Clary was an avid softball player who would have turned 24-years-old on Dec.19.
"Kasie loved softball so much," Carter said. "She played since she was 4-years-old. Her number was always nine."
Friends are honoring the young woman with a project aimed to heal many broken hearts.
The memorial is a park bench engraved with Clary's name and tied with a green bow, which was Clary's favorite color.
Money for the memorial was raised by a softball tournament.
Investigators are asking anyone with information on Clary's murder contact the Hill County Sheriff's Office at (254) 582-5313.