A local mother is speaking out for the first time after her daughter was found shot dead in a car.
Danielle Burris of Salisbury says her daughter Talisha Crowder had a promising future. She now has a message for other parents tells us how she wants her daughter to be remembered.
Burris says some days are better than others, but there's not a day that goes by that she doesn't think of her oldest daughter.
"It’s like surreal you know. I don't think it actually hit me until maybe that second day. I was like numb,” she said.
Burris contacted FOX46 to finally share Talisha's story and how much she meant to the Salisbury community.
"I want everybody to remember Talisha as my little lovebug,” she said.
We were there at Pfiefer University when students held a vigil for the beloved young freshman in late January.
Her ex-boyfriend, Brandon Hawkins is charged with first degree murder and larceny of firearm.
Danielle says even though it's tough, she's learning to forgive.
"Everything happens for a reason. Although I still don't know what the reason may be. But I feel somewhere in there God has something positive that can come out of it," she said.
This mother says she has a message for other parents - to always be there for your kids and really get to know who they hang out with.
Burris is now ready to start sharing Talisha's legacy with the world so she's not remembered by just how her life ended.
20-year-old Hawkins is locked up at the Rowan County Detention Center.