FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – Situated between two gravestones inside Lincoln Cemetery in Atlanta is a bright green patch of grass—no gravestone, no name, no date.
“I’m just not ready to see her name on a headstone with an end date. I’m just not. I’m not ready to do that,” Katara Hamm said, with tears streaming down her face, about her daughter’s grave site.
“Headstones just make it so final—like, that’s it; that’s over. I’m just not ready to see her name on a headstone. It’s hard enough for me to have to come to her grave and just… you know that’s your child under there and you can’t do anything about it.”
In the shadow of downtown Atlanta, a secret is tucked inside a quiet Fulton County community.
Just behind the front door of her grandparents’ College Park, Ga., home in an easygoing neighborhood hanging on the edge of a wooded backdrop, 17-year-old Randisha Love was murdered.
Hamm, 40, found her daughter when she came home, shot five times in the face and torso on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Without closure, answers and an arrest, it’s a sight she is haunted by every single day.
The ending to Love’s story remains a mystery for police since nothing was taken; she was not sexually assaulted; there were no signs of forced entry—no obvious motive for her murder.
"This pain is an explainable pain that I feel every day and I just can’t even explain the way I feel because I’m just so hurt; and I’m angry because they felt the need to take my daughter’s life and there’s no reason that they could tell me why they did it. And I will never understand it. Never. Never. Never."
Randisha Love, above, who had just turned 17, loved to sing in her church choir or in iPhone videos like this one–just two weeks before she was killed inside her home.