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Tucson family donates dresses in honor of daughter

Posted at 10:41 PM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-02 01:42:12-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) Ann Shaylor likes to look at pictures of her daughter Cassie. Each one holds a special memory. 

Cassie got to see the world, Shaylor says, and the family often went on cruises to Europe and Mexico.

Those memories are all that Shaylor has left of her daughter. Cassie was shot and killed last November.

"We're doing a little better and it's still hard," Shaylor said. "I think it's going to be hard for a long time if not forever. She was only 24-years-old."

Cassie's husband King Yates is facing murder charges in her death. Yates is also accused of killing his cellmate at the Pima County Jail

Grief-stricken after losing their daughter, Shaylor and her husband were left to figure out what to do with Cassie's stuff. 

"The last thing that I couldn't get rid of was the clothes, it was very hard for some reason that is the very final thing," Shaylor said. 

Now students at Pueblo Magnet High School can shop from Cassie's Closet. Cassie loved dressing up, so when Shaylor learned the school had a clothing donation bank she decided to give Cassie's fancy dresses to the school. Students had the opportunity to pick out clothes for prom and graduation.

"It just seemed right, it just seemed -- it was just perfect," Shaylor said. "And I didn't feel quite as bad. It helped a little bit knowing the girls that need something nice to wear would have something nice to wear."

Shaylor graduated from Pueblo High so the donation was extra special. She hopes Cassie's Closet will become an annual event and the entire community can donate not just for women, but also for men's clothing.