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ONLY ON KHQ: Billie McKinney Shares Her Mother's Story For The First Time Since Her Murder

Kelsey Watts sits down with Billie McKinney for the very emotional interview Kelsey Watts sits down with Billie McKinney for the very emotional interview
Sharlotte McGill Sharlotte McGill
SPOKANE, Wash. -

 

Sharlotte McGill's name and face have become very familiar in the Inland Northwest area ever since she was brutally murdered outside her NE Spokane apartment on May 3, 2012 by an apparent stranger.

Most people can't remember what they did that day; Billie McKinney will never forget.

"So much focus has been on the person who took her away," McKinney told KHQ's Kelsey Watts. "This is the perfect time to tell people about her, how much she was loved, how important she was and how much I miss her."

Mother and daughter moved to Spokane from Wenatchee just one week before McGill was killed. They were just beginning a new chapter as roommates and best friends. That Thursday morning, like most others, Sharlotte got up, made coffee, and took the dog for a walk.

But she never came home.

"Every time I think about her, I don't think about her death or her last moments, I think about the night before she passed," McKinney recalled. "Our last night together was really one of the best nights we ever had together."

McKinney said after moving in to the apartment there was wall fire, a sewage flood, the power went out and the washer/dryer weren't working. But rather than breaking down to cry, they laughed.

"We laughed so hard at one point because we couldn't dry our clothes. We were going to have to go to the Laundromat again the morning after everything and dry our stuff for work, and we just had to lean up again the wall and laugh until we cried," she said. "She would give me this pep talk like, ‘Nope, we're all we've got. You can't be crying, you can't be breaking down because believe it or not, I need you for support, too…. For her to tell me that she needed me to be strong for her made me who I am today, because the very next day when she was gone and I was the only one, that echoes in my mind. Any time I even start to break down I remember, ‘No, you have to be strong,'"

Four months after her death, Avondre Graham – then 17-year-old – was arrested for her murder and charged in the attacks of two other women. While he is still going through the court system, Graham accepted a plea deal for the murder and was sentenced to 10 years with credit for time served.

"[Mom] and I were really close toward the end and we had good laughs, and I hold on to that because the 10 year sentence – I can't believe it. I'm in denial, I'm in shock again, like when they told me she was gone, I just can't believe that it. That's it," she said.

McKinney also spoke very frankly about being considered a suspect in the case, who she holds responsible for what she feels is a lack of justice for her mother's murder, why she wants to move away and her plans for the future. To watch the complete interview, click here:  http://bit.ly/1e6XT7nhttp://bit.ly/1e6XT7n

She said so many people ask what they can do to help. While nothing will bring her mother back, she plans to start an annual event in her honor. In the meantime, she said, help people and help animals: two of Sharlotte's favorite things.

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