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Family wants answers to daughter's death

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November 12, 2003

Cook County - Eighteen-year-old Nicole Biauce was the picture of health, but two months ago she went to sleep and never woke up. The GBI did an autopsy, but because of budget cuts and a hiring freeze, they still haven't made it to her case.

Pictures and memories are all Nicole Biauce's family have left of her. "She played some ping pong that evening, studied, went to sleep and didn't wake up," said Roger Shively, Nicole's Father.

That was September 12th, and still no clues to how Nicole died. "She was my baby and its never going to get easier but knowing what happened would give me relief. Crazy things go through my head thinking about what happened to my little girl," said Jacqueline Shively, Nicole's Mother.

State budget cuts have trickled down to the GBI crime lab, and put Nicole's case on the shelf. "We have no way of knowing if her samples turn will be tomorrow or a month from now," said Roger.

There's not enough crime lab employees to handle the high number of cases. "You're talking about 3 hundredths of 1 percent of the state budget would hire more people," said Roger.

The constant wondering is the worst part. "When you wake up you think about her, when you go to sleep you think about her," said Jacqueline.

But for now, they'll hold on to their memories, and hope the relief of knowing how Nicole died will come soon.

Nicole was found dead in her dorm room at Brewton Parker College. She was a freshman, attending school on a softball scholarship.

Her family has started a petition asking Governor Perdue to give more money to the G.B.I.  If you're interested in helping in their fight, you can email them at rog_shiv48@yahoo.com

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posted at 1:30PM by ashley.harper@walb.com