by Lisa Tome
Teresa Engleberth stood at the annual Victims Memorial Wall and Walk hugging a fellow mourner - a man she'd never met.
Engleberth, mother of Lacey Marie Engelberth, fought back tears as she talked about her daughter. Lacey died October 19, 2014 after police say she was shot in the face by her boyfriend Robert Thomas Smith, 22, in North East.
"This is really, really hard," said Teresa Engleberth, as she looked at the photo of her daughter. "But it's nice that they do this (memorial). It's hard for the family. The trial is in May."
Engleberth was accompanied to the event, which is sponsored by the Office of the Cecil County State's Attorney by other members of the family. She said Lacey's father, Richard, and her brother, Ryan, have been struggling. "I was on the phone with her when she was murdered. And Lacey and Ryan were together all the time. We all went to Dutch Wonderland in July."
People wondered around the memorial wall and walk last week. Some left flowers while others hugged friends and family. They talked about their loved ones and memories they had made.
A group of a half dozen Cecil Sheriff's Deputies stood at the memorial. "I am here to show respect to the victims. Being here is kind of like a walk down memory lane (of cases worked) for me," said Detective William Sewell.
"I am here to pay respect to the victims and support the court and families," said Detective Mike Cunningham.