Family and friends gathered to remember an East High School student who was murdered one year ago. The body of 17-year-old Larie Butler was found in an abandoned swimming pool last March. With her murder trial set to start next month, Butler's family is praying for justice.
A "for sale" signs hangs in the front yard.
"Again, we come with mixed emotions," said Pastor Brit Pledger.
The memories left behind are inconceivable.
"Still a healing process, it doesn't go away overnight."
Only footsteps could be heard as Karen Snipes looked upon the Dorington Road home in Irondequoit where police found her daughter's body just one year ago.
"I haven't... it's hard, it's real hard," she said. "Still hard for me to understand that she's gone."
Last March, Larie Butler's body was found in an abandoned swimming pool behind this home. Police have charged Devonte Lively, 20, who was related to the family through marriage, with her murder.
"Right now it's kind of hard, we're just sitting, waiting."
During April's trial, the prosecution will begin questioning Lively, but Larie's mother only has one.
"I need to know why... why he did this to her."
Police say Lively abducted Larie and killed her in his grandmother's basement before leaving her in the abandoned pool.
Snipes says knowing Lively had the time to make a different choice still haunts her.
"All he had to do was let her come home...that's it. All he had to do was let her come home."
Like a lot of teenagers, Snipes says Larie bounced between aspirations.
"Then she said she wanted to be a nurse."
Just before her death, she planned to enroll in an ROTC program.
To mark the one year anniversary of her death, family and friends gathered to release balloons with messages to Larie.
They watched as the balloons dipped behind trees and floated farther away, hoping Larie hears their words.
"My last memory of my baby was talking to her on the phone, the last time I ever heard her voice ever again she said she loved me, that's what I play over again, that she loved me."