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Scharbarth family reaching out to help girl after mother's murder

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The family of a local mother who was strangled inside her Carlsbad home is speaking to News 8 about their tragic loss. Kathy Scharbarth was killed the day before Thanksgiving, which would have been her 34th birthday. Her ex-boyfriend, from whom she was desperately trying to stay away, has been charged with the crime.

The Scharbarth family is very thankful to the community for their love and support. They are hoping next week's funeral services will be a time to celebrate their wonderful sister, daughter and mother. Still, it's a tough time for them, as they deal with the shocking way she was killed.

The images of seeing the man accused of strangling her sister Kathy to death still haunts Melissa Scharbarth, two days after sitting in the front row at Michael David Robles' Vista court arraignment.

"I just shook my fists and made a bad face, and I was just very mad," Melissa Scharbarth said.

The 34-year-old was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by Robles the day before her Thanksgiving birthday. Robles, who is from Fallbrook, pleaded not guilty to the crimes, which could get the 43-year-old the death penalty.

"My sister had unmistakable beauty. She was an angel and I wanted (Robles) to know that I was unmistakable, and that he could see me," Melissa said.

Just like her entire family, Kathy Scharbarth was a baseball fanatic. Her loved ones say they will especially miss her presence at her 13-year-old daughter Madison's softball games.

"She always put Madison before herself, and that is one thing we will always remember Kathy for," Melissa said.

In the meantime, the owners of Frozen Ropes Batting Cages in 4S Ranch are holding a Saturday fundraiser for Madison, who is now being cared for by Kathy's loved ones.

"When things like this happen, it leaves people feeling very vulnerable and very helpless, so just to be in a position of being able to do something makes us feel better, that possibly we can help the family," owner Ron Whitmeyer said.

Kathy Scharbarth's brother Michael is a part-time coach at Frozen Ropes. He says he's extremely grateful his colleagues are being so generous to help Madison's future.

"The support is just something that's always going to remain with me, to know that there are people out there that love and care about the Scharbarths and want nothing but the best for my niece," Michael said.

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