CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - It's been one year since 20-year-old Amanda Plasse was brutally stabbed to death in her Chicopee apartment.
Exactly one year later, family and friends of Amanda Plasse still vividly remember the things they loved about their Amanda.
"Being creative with her. Watching her with my son. Probably one of my favorites. Nothing you can do but keep it day by day. She's always around me. I don't miss a day without her," said Amanda's sister, Aimee Lee Plasse.
The memorial took place just a block from Amanda's apartment. In the neighborhood she loved, and the streets she walked every day. Amanda's family says being right near her apartment makes them feel even closer to their girl they lost.
Although time has passed, no answers have come in this murder case. Amanda's family wants the missing pieces to this puzzle.
"Especially on such a busy street on a beautiful August day. Much like today. Mid afternoon, people coming home from work. Somebody saw something," said Amanda's mother, Michelle Mathieson.
"How has it come to be a year? How did all this time pass? It's not going to bring her back, it's not going to change what happened. Just to have somebody to blame. Somebody to hold accountable. Somebody got away with murder," said Jocelyn Poirer, Amanda's friend.
But on this tragic anniversary, her family and friends choose to celebrate the beautiful life she lived.
"She kept her face to the sun, just like her sunflowers did," Amanda's mother said.
And on this sunny, August Sunday, they know Amanda's with them.
Money raised at the event will go toward improving a park near Amanda's apartment, and donating art supplies to a Chicopee elementary school, and a gift of food to Lorraine's soup kitchen.
Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni last week announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever murdered Amanda Plasse.