‘I loved them’: Woman says slain mother & sister were beautiful people

HOBART, Wis. (WBAY) The family of a mom and daughter murdered in Brown County last year wants the community to remember the two, not as victims, but as vibrant, loving people.

Twenty-three-year old Sabrina Teague and 64-year old Heesun Teague, nicknamed Sunny, were stabbed to death in their Hobart home in June 2016.

Prosecutors charged Jacob Cayer with their murders.

He was found incompetent to stand trial last fall, but a judge now says the case can move forward, with his next court hearing set for August.

Sarama Teague, Sabrina's sister and Sunny's daughter, sat down with Action 2 News to share the story behind two lives lost.

"My mom was really cute. She really was," says Sarama.

A smile forms on her face when she thinks about her little sister, Sabrina and mom Heesun, who everyone called Sunny.

"She was like the sun. She was very fierce, very strong but also very nurturing," says Sarama.

Sunny was born in South Korea but moved to the U.S. in 1983, developing a love for shopping, ballroom dancing and Model T cars.

They're cherished memories for Sarama.

"One time she said that she wanted a blue one, so he got one with blue interior," she recalls. "It was March. It wasn't very warm, but she insisted on driving it home with the top down."

When Sunny had to work long hours sorting mail at the post office, big sister Sarama would care for Sabrina.

Even with eight years between them, the two were close, and she shared the excitement of Sabrina's dreams to help others.

"She also had a big heart and she really cared for people going through emotional struggles. One of her dreams was opening a halfway house for troubled teens that didn't have a good supportive home," she says.

From the time she was a child, Sarama says Sabrina loved drawing cartoon characters and Japanese animations called Manga.

Even though she loved graphic design, at the time of her murder, she was ready to start school for social work.

Sarama says Sabrina had a big heart, and her death leaves a void many might never realize.

"She firmly believed that nobody should ever suffer alone, and she was there for everybody in every capacity that she had, and she took care of a lot of her friends," she says.

The last year has been the toughest Sarama could face, but she is steadfast in making sure her mom and sister are never forgotten.

"They were more than ex-girlfriend and mother to me. They were so many things and they were fully-fleshed, complex human beings and beautiful people," says Sarama. "And I just want the community to know they were real people and I loved them."

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