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Daughter of a murdered mother speaks

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Katie Barker Katie Barker
Angela Sizemore was murdered in 1994 Angela Sizemore was murdered in 1994
Marcus Ray Johnson is scheduled to be executed in September Marcus Ray Johnson is scheduled to be executed in September

After Almost two decades since the murder, a date has been set for the killer's execution. Marcus Ray Johnson murdered Angela Sizemore in 1994 and he was convicted four years later.

Katie Barker was very young at the time of her mother's murder, but now she is all grown up and uses the story of her mother as everyday inspiration. "Not a day goes by where I don't think about my mom," she says.

Katie Barker was only four years old when she lost her mother, Angela Sizemore. "The last Memory I have is exactly one week before she passed away and that was her birthday. She took me out of pre k early and she took me shopping. That's the last memory I have of her."

Sizemore left an Albany area nightclub in March 1994 with a man named Marcus Ray Johnson who took Sizemore to a nearby pond.

Johnson was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, rape and aggravated battery in 1998 and sentenced to death.

The Attorney General's office recently notified the family that Johnson has exhausted his appeals and could be executed in September.

Barker is now 22, and plans to attend Athens Technical College in the fall. She's disappointed she couldn't have a normal life with her mother.

"She wasn't there for my first day of kindergarten. She wasn't there for senior prom or to talk about boys and give me that type of advice."

Barker wishes she could have one last conversation with her mom.

"I would tell my mom that I understand that she loved me. I miss her everyday and I hope to see her one day in heaven."

Despite all that Johnson put her through, Barker says she forgives her mother's killer and hopes that he will find peace. 

Barker went on to say when she has children, especially a girl, she will finally have a mother-daughter bond that never got to have with her mother.

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