Gautier murder victim remembered as loving mother, daughter and friend

Gautier murder victim remembered as loving mother, daughter and friend
Amy Prentiss (Photo source: Facebook)
Abigail Osteen (Photo source: WLOX)
Abigail Osteen (Photo source: WLOX)

WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - Abigail Osteen held a news conference at Blaylock Park in Wiggins Friday to talk about the sudden loss of her mother, Amy Prentiss. Prentiss was found shot to death in her Gautier home Monday morning.

Osteen didn't mention anything about the murder investigation or the relationship between her mother and her accused killer, Shannon Lamb. Instead, she talked about how she wanted her mother to be remembered.

In her prepared remarks, Abigail said Amy was a much-loved mother, daughter, sister, and granddaughter. She said Amy was also loving noted as an "overachiever a perfectionist, opinionated, brave and fiery."

Osteen was surrounded by Amy's parents during the press conference. She said it was on their behalf that her official statement celebrated her mother's many accomplishments.

"We celebrate a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and USM grad who excelled in the classroom and exceeded in the emergency rooms of both North and South Carolina, California, New Orleans and Mississippi becoming proficient and sought after as a level 2 trauma nurse," said Osteen.

Osteen said her mother gave up her medical career to help her daughter's career in the musical industry. Calling Amy courageous, Osteen said her mother always ministered to those in need.

"She was Momma to many kids in her church and community. Amy's hand was the hand of Christian love and hope to many homeless or from broken homes. We celebrate a lady with a big heart for others who had an effective Facebook and telephone ministry grappling with divorce, grief or other crises."

The family asked for anyone wanting to help honor Amy's memory to please make a donation to Adrienne's House, the Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence in Pascagoula, or the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

Osteen also asked people to respect the privacy of the other two families involved in this tragedy - Shannon Lamb and Delta State University professor Ethan Schmidt.

"We thank all of you for the care, concern and interest in this life, Momma, daughter, sister, Amy. She was a joy to know and love and always will be. May the Lord's peace abound in all hearts."

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