Elizabeth Ennen's mother remembers, one year later - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Elizabeth Ennen's mother remembers, one year later

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Virginia Ennen was in the KCBD studio Jan. 5, 2012. Virginia Ennen was in the KCBD studio Jan. 5, 2012.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

One year ago Thursday, Elizabeth Ennen,15, was strangled and left in a northwest Lubbock County field.

Now her mother, Virginia, speaks out about coping with her daughter's death. She says she still doesn't understand the reason for the crime. She just wants justice.

Humberto Salinas Jr., 46, is still behind bars, charged with capital murder and aggravated assault.

Virginia wears a silent reminder on her wrist.

"[The bracelet] says justice for Elizabeth Ennen," Virginia said. "It has her birthday and the date she was pronounced dead."

A year later, the words have started to fade but the memories are still fresh.

"All I have left is just her memories and pictures," she says.

Virginia says it's hard to relive that night, but she holds on to the last words Elizabeth said to her before she went to babysit Salinas' children.

"She said, 'I love you mommy,'" Virginia said. "She would have been 16 in May."

Police say Salinas gave them false reports to throw them off the trail. He even accused his own son.

Surveillance video from the motel uncovered chilling details. Police say it shows Salinas kidnapping Ennen, driving off and returning to the motel alone. Police requested it 16 days after Elizabeth's disappearance.

Virginia Ennen tries to avoid the bad memories and remember her daughter, who loved to sing and dance.

"I stop and think about how many good people are out there that have supported us through this," Virginia said.

But more hard days are still ahead. Virginia says she just needs to take them one day at a time.

"Some days we just take it a minute at a time," she says.

Virginia Ennen would like to see police change the rules for dealing with missing persons, but police say classifying the case as a kidnapping would not have changed the outcome.

Copyright 2012 KCBD NewsChannel 11

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