HEATHER was quite young, but 17 years after her death, she remembers Angela Cagle with great fondness.
"Aunt Angie was one of the few rare people who are beautiful inside and out," Heather wrote Reuters.
"We miss her sweet smile and beautiful voice."
Cagle was 25 when she was killed.
"She had a 4.0 grade-point average at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she was studying foreign languages," her mother said. "She wanted to be a Spanish language interpreter at the United Nations."
A traffic accident injured Cagle so severely that she had to drop out of college. She took a job at a convenience store.
That was where, one night, Derrick O'Neal Mason came into her life and ended it.
Alone with her in the store, he pulled a gun, forced her to strip, and shot and killed her.
"The bullet holes were where her dimples had been," her mother said. "To think of the fear and terror she felt."
A passerby later called 911, and her brother took the call.
He later said he knew it was his sister when police officers refused to tell him the name of the victim.
Her mother had to identify her body.
Last week, after 17 years of appeals, the state of Alabama executed Derrick O'Neal Mason.
There is no entry in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia for Officer Mark Allen MacPhail Sr. of the Savannah Police Department.
There is one for the man convicted of his murder, Troy Davis. Some people swear that the system somehow railroaded Troy Davis. They had T-shirts that proclaim, "I Am Troy Davis."
On Aug. 19, 1989, Davis was pistol-whipping a homeless man, Larry Young, in the parking lot of a Burger King when MacPhail confronted Davis.
He shot and killed MacPhail.
A jury of seven black people and five white people convicted Davis.
After 22 years of appeals that went as high as the U.S. Supreme Court, the state of Georgia executed him last week.