A special tribute was held on Sunday for a North County woman who was allegedly stalked and murdered by her ex-boyfriend.
Family and friends of 34-year-old Kathy Scharbarth took part in the Carlsbad Marathon and Half-marathon to remember the Carlsbad mother whose body was found
in the back-country of San Diego County in November of last year.
Scharbarth's ex-boyfriend Michael David Robles, 43, is accused of kidnapping and strangling her and is scheduled to appear in court
next month for a preliminary hearing.
"I think about her every minute of the day," said Melissa Scharbarth, Kathy's sister. For Melissa Scharbarth, time is not healing the deep wound in her heart she feels for her sister Kathy.
"I get very choked up because I miss her so much, people say it'll get better, I'm waiting for that to happen,” Scharbarth said.
Friends say Robles had been stalking Kathy Scharbarth and waiting for the right moment to end her life.
"Kathy was somebody that when she came into your life she changed your life," said Sara Thomas, a friend who had known Scharbarth since high school. "She was like an angel to me she showed me unconditional love."
On Sunday, Thomas along with other family and friends of Scharbarth, showed their unconditional love by running in the marathon which they said Scharbarth was training for it before she died.
"I just feel I've been inspired by her once again, which I feel like is something that has happened a lot in my life," said Cristina Wagner, Scharbarth's aunt. "We are going to be there for her and do as much as we can, and if not, were going to be at the end cheering my family and everyone else on."
Wagner said even though her niece is gone, she will always be in their hearts every step of the way.
"We have to move forward. We have to go on."
Published at 10:08 AM PDT on Jan 21, 2012