Updated 8 months ago by Josh Breslow
The family of a Morehead State University sophomore gunned down in her own home earlier this week says they cannot imagine what could have driven the accused gunman to pull the trigger.
Investigators say Cassandra "Cassie" Owens was shot twice Wednesday morning while sleeping inside the bedroom of her Christian Street home in Morehead. The 21-year-old's body was found a day later after police say Casey Shay went to the Rowan County Detention Center and confessed he murdered the mother of his child.
A look at the student's pictures on Facebook and other social media websites show she is rarely seen without her two-year-old girl, Madison.
"She loved that baby and that baby loved her mommy," Owens' cousin, Valeri Jones told LEX 18.
"That's the really heartbreaking part is what Madison has lost," Jones said. "That baby has been robbed of a normal life and being able to have what any kid should have which is a mommy to come home to and tell about your school day or what you want for Christmas."
A possible motive for the crime has not been released. Jones says that's made the loss of her cousin, who she describes as "smart" and "funny", even harder to bear.
"Just remember her for what she was, which is a young girl who had her whole life ahead of her and that chance was taken away from her," said Jones.
Shay remains in the Rowan County Detention Center charged with murder. He declined LEX 18's request for an interview.
Funeral arrangements for Owens have not been set.