JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Family and friends came together to remember a mother of two murdered in Jeffersonville last year.
With balloons in hand, loved ones gathered together on a day that couldn't be ignored. "Today would have been Kelly's 31st birthday," said Margaret Gaines, the victim's aunt. "She was born February 28th, 1981."
But on November 13, Kelly Bagshaw's life was cut short when she was murdered at the Lafayette Square Apartments on 10th Street. Police said she was there to pick up her children from her estranged husband, Dale Bagshaw. They got into a fight in the parking lot. Police said that's when he stabbed her.
What makes this story even more tragic is that her two little ones watched the murder unfold.
"Those two children who sat there and watched their mother in unbelievable pain, and it is very difficult to understand and to watch those kids go through this drama," said Kevin Wilkerson, who worked with the victim.
Police said Bagshaw confessed to killing his wife.
Emotions were still raw for some. Those who knew the victim best can only hope Dale Bagshaw is given the maximum time in prison.
But on what would have been Kelly's 31st birthday, they tried to focus on their memories of her and the life she lived. "Her soul, her soul was absolutely fantastic," said Wilkerson. "The love she shared with everybody, she knew no strangers."
They also sent a message that she will never be forgotten. "Kelly, we are here for you," said Gaines. "We love you, and we will stand our ground until justice is served on your behalf. We love you and rest in peace."
Bagshaw is behind bars in Clark County. He is expected to stand trial in April. As for their children, there is a currently custody battle going on between Bagshaw's mother, and Kelly's foster mother.
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