SPECIAL REPORT: Remembering Carly, One Year Later Part 1 of 2
It's been a long year for the family of Carly Lewis. While their daughter's murderer is away in prison, the pain remains very real. Carly's Mom, Susie, just endured her first Mother's Day without her daughter.
While she may be gone, Carly's loved ones want her memory to live on. There isn't much left of the building where Carly took her last breath. Haunted by what happened there, Carly's Mom worked to get the abandoned hut torn down; little by little it's being erased. Susie hopes to replace the horror there with something beautiful.
The tragic death reaches beyond her family. Friends and even strangers still pay tribute near the building to the girl who's life was cut too short.
A disc golf course at Mt. Holiday created by Carly's Dad, Todd, is where Carly's memory lives now. He says she spent a lot of time there with friends.
Carly's playground was created in her memory, the family says it's also a good place to plant Carly's garden.
For now, family and friends say their healing is a work in progress. Mitchell, Carly's Brother, says because of his strong faith he can forgive Robert Schwander.
Memories of the bright eyed girl like her glowing smile, and radiant spirit help her family move forward.
You'll likely find stickers on cars and around Traverse City with a phrase Carly's loved ones came up with after her death, “Love Wins”.
Reporting in Traverse City, Sara Simnitch and Photojournalist, Jeremy Erickson.