SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - An ambitious woman and devoted mother. That's how those who knew Amy Prentiss describe her. Her murder has left friends and family reeling.
Shawn O'Steen met Amy Prentiss 24 years ago. They were married for seven years. During that time, they had one daughter, Abigail.
O'Steen said Prentiss was valedictorian of her graduating class.
"Always had to have an A, and not just any A, a 100. If she got a 98 or 99 she was never satisfied. She always had to be the best," said O'Steen.
O'Steen said Prentiss was a nurse, but recently shifted gears to begin managing their daughter's singing career. He says his daughter and her mother were inseparable.
"They were absolutely best friends, absolutely. If any mother or daughter could be as close as sisters, they were," said O'Steen.
O'Steen said since their divorce, he and Prentiss have stayed great friends, but he never met her boyfriend and confessed killer, Shannon Lamb. He did, however, have discussions about him with his daughter.
"She was afraid of him, afraid of the relationship her mother had with him and was very distraught when she found out they were getting back together," said O'Steen.
Their worst nightmare became a reality on Sept. 14, the day Prentiss was found shot to death in her Gautier home. In 911 tapes released by the Gautier Police Department, Lamb admitted that he killed Prentiss. O'Steen had to deliver the news to Prentiss' parents.
"Her mother was absolutely devastated. I know her father was. He had warned her to get away from him, that this was likely to happen," said O'Steen.
O'Steen said it has sunk in that Prentiss was murdered. Still, he can't stop asking why.
"Why take away someone's mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter and lifelong friend? Someone who was a valuable member of the community," said O'Steen.
Autopsy results show the bullets that killed Prentiss are similar to the ones that killed Delta State University professor Ethan Schmidt. Investigators say there is no link between the two victims.