SIGOURNEY - Lee Crawford stays busy teaching, coaching and caring for his family.
That helps hold off the emptiness, however briefly.
Crawford's mother, Bobbi, was found murdered in her Hampton home five years ago this week.
"There's probably not a day that goes by I don't think about it," said Crawford, 35, of Sigourney in southeast Iowa. "I have two sons (Tyler, 5, and Levi, nearly 1), and it's a bitter reminder this time of year when they don't have a grandma. They've missed out on her and what she could have brought to them, spoiling them.
"It's something that somebody takes from you," he added. "You can't explain it. I've had to use other things to replace that."
Crawford teaches reading and writing to students with learning disabilities at Sigourney Junior-Senior High School and coaches football, basketball and baseball.
He credits his wife, Jolie, with helping him through the first years after his mother's death.
He remains hopeful the crime will be solved. And he keeps memories close to his heart - like his mom "trucking me around" to Little League baseball games, Boy Scout meetings and such.
Bobbi Crawford's headstone features an image of her and Lee walking home from one of those baseball games, toward a golden sunset.
"I know other people have felt the same loss I have," Lee said. "You remember it every day, but it's just like that void - like it's always there.
"Nothing's going to fill that void until somebody's found or something is done."
Reach Dick Johnson at 421-0556 or email@example.com.
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