Family remembers Melissa Nilson, 1 year after her death

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  “My insides are shredded,”Melissa Nilson’s mother described. “You know, I’m doing what I need to do.”

Linda Nilson lost her everything, her best friend, her daughter, Melissa Nilson.

Just 26, loved ones say, she was taken too soon.

Saturday will mark a year since the Huber Heights mom was shot and killed outside her home.

“It feels like it couldn’t have been a year yet, and other times, all that we’ve been through, it feels like it’s been a year,” the mom explained.

Police suspect her boyfriend, Ryan Mitchell murdered her.

He faces felony charges and remains jailed.

But family and friends say no amount of justice will fill their void, no sentence will bring back mommy to her now 5-year-old son, Brendan.

“In fact, he does little prayers sometimes where he just wants God to let her come back down from heaven…

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