One Year Later: Family still seeking justice for Tami - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

One Year Later: Family still seeking justice for Tami

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Surrounded by her favorite color of purple, friends and family came to remember 41-year-old Tami Higginbotham. February 8th marks one year since the Sulphur native went missing.

Tami's body was found a week later in a wooded area in Southeast Texas.

"She was a bright star in our family. She had personality like none other," said Linda Mauldin, Tami's mother.

"This is our way of keeping her alive in our thoughts and everything. It's been a hard year," said Bill Mauldin, Tami's father.

Suspect Joshua Latham was arrested and charged in Tami's murder. He remains in jail. According to her family, Tami said she was going to sell Latham a cell phone.

"Her problem was she trusted too much. And I warned her about trusting too much. But that was Tami," said Linda.

The one year anniversary is especially hard for Tami's sister Staci. The two were not only best friends, but close in age.

"I miss her a lot... Just nobody to talk to. These are her two boys right here," said Staci Robinson, Tami's sister.

With purple balloons in hand, a simple message, and a quick prayer they send their love flying high into the sky. Meanwhile, they hold on day by day for justice.

"Today is all about remembering... And we're going to keep it up. We don't want to let it go," said Bill.

The family said they look forward to a trial and hopefully finding answers.

"At least to find out what happened to her because that is what has been racking our minds - what really happened.?  And I don't think we'll ever find out why it happened," said Staci.

An autopsy revealed Tami was strangled to death. Tami was also a Navy Veteran of the Gulf War. Her family felt it was only fitting to have the memorial at Veterans Memorial Park.

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