'I shouldn't be here but I am:' Girl returns to Aiken 20 years after mother's murder by serial killer

Friday, June 28, 2019
News 12 at 11 o'clock

Tiffaney Wilson was murdered by serial killer Reinaldo Rivera 20 years ago. Now her daughter is back in the area looking for answers. (Source: WRDW/WAGT)

BEECH ISLAND, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- Twenty years ago, Tiffaney Wilson was murdered by serial killer  Reinaldo Rivera. After murdering Wilson, Rivera dropped off Wilson's two-month-old daughter at the Georgia Welcome Center, still in sitting her car seat.

On Thursday, Kaitlyn Wilson returned to Beech Island, where her mother's family lives, to meet them for the first time and to learn more about her mother.

Kaitlyn describes the experience as "overwhelming and exciting and sad and happy and just kind of all over the place."

Wilson said after the murder, her father took her to Louisiana to live with him and his whole family. She grew up knowing that her mom wasn't around, but it wasn't until she was older that she learned the details of what happened.

"I was shocked and disgusted that somebody that someone could be sick enough to do something like that. But my family tried to stay away from the negative feelings and just tried to be positive," she said.

Tiffaney's mother, Barbara Gaskins, says having Kaitlyn back in Beech Island is a blessing.

"It just feels good to have her here and to know that she's alive and that she's getting to see her mother's side of the family for the first time. it's just a blessing.

While she has been back, Kaitlyn has received her mother's jewelry from police, visited her mother's grave, and gotten to know another part of her family.

"To come here and have everybody meet me for the first time, and see me. I look just like my mom. Everybody's just in shock," she said.

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