Teenage victim's Grandma "gives up" on Thanksgiving after double homicide

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News 12 at 6 o'clock -- Thursday, November 25, 2010

AUGUSTA, GA. -- Just hours after Thanksgiving day started, investigators say 17-year-old Nancy Cushman and 19-year-old Angela Brooks lives ended.

"It's awful. Just terrible," Cushman's grandmother, Sarah Cushman said. "You know how you kind of wonder and think is it true? Then you say how do you know it? And then (family) said they seen her over there by the railroad tracks."

It was in the wooded area by the railroad tracks where deputies say the two South Carolina teens were found shot and killed. Shortly after, investigators found Nancy's 1999 Cadillac Escalade abandoned nearly 2 miles away.

"She lived way over here (in South Carolina), I couldn't believe or figure out what she was doing way over there," Cushman said.

Nancy's grandma also can't figure out how this happened.

"See if she was one of them raising sand stirring up trouble, you could expect it, but she didn't," Cushman said. "She was quiet, nice, sweet little girl!"

Nancy had a sweet little girl of her own, a one-year-old, who Cushman expected to see along with Nancy to celebrate Thanksgiving.

"You won't do anything now?" News 12 asked.

"I don't know. I just give up! Everybody will be standing around talking and having fun and she won't be here," Cushman added.

Leaving two families wanting the lives back of their young girls, on a day they normally would be thankful for what they do have.

"I'm just sorry...I hate it so bad," Cushman said. "I wish it was something I could do, but I guess it's too late now."