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Mother still looking for justice 10 years after daughter's death


This month marks the 10th anniversary for a case gone cold: a young woman shot and killed in a random act of road rage.

Her mother is continuing to search for her daughter's killers.

In 2003, Lyndsee Chainhalt had just turned 20.

"[She was] going to school to be a nurse, working as a waitress, just bought her first car. I don't think anything would have stopped her except what happened," said Judi Petersen, Chainhalt's mother.

A random act of road rage ended Lyndsee's life this June 10 years ago. Lyndsee Chainhalt's mother hoped she would have answer by now.

"I think the thing that happens the most on the anniversary, one year without it," said Petersen.

An entire decade and all Petersen knows are the sickening details of that night.

First a verbal altercation between the passengers in Lyndsee's car and another car on I-17, then the other car and a second car followed Lyndsee off the freeway.

"They overtook her vehicle, slammed on the breaks and this guy opened fire from behind with an assault rifle," said Petersen.

Out of 27 bullets that sprayed Lyndsee's car, one deadly bullet struck Lyndsee in the head.

"When someone takes someone's life on purpose, like these guys did, I don't think you ever get closure from that," said Petersen.

What Petersen's been fighting for: justice.

In 2008, police identified two persons of interest: Ricardo Molinares-Sanchez and Fermin Gomez.

The men were deported to Mexico before police could question them.

"Every few months, I rattle the detective's chain. It's just my job. I'm sure he probably doesn't like it very much, he'll retire soon. I'm on my fourth detective now," said Petersen.

But Petersen says she won't quit getting the men's pictures out in the media and the Internet, hoping someone knows something.

"It can't be a mission. It can be all you think of. It can't be all you do, but as a parent something you have to do," said Petersen.

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