The mum of the TUI travel agent murdered at work has described the 12 months of hell since losing her daughter.
Much-loved Cassie Hayes, 28, was slaughtered in a shocking attack at the store in Southport town centre by her lover’s jealous ex-partner, Andrew Burke.
Her bereaved mum, Tracy, has said the past 12 months since losing her daughter has been “like living in a nightmare”.
Friends and family marked the first anniversary of the assistant manager’s killing this month by going on a sponsored walk.
Cassie’s death was described by a judge as “a cold-blooded execution in public”, Liverpool Echo reports.
Devastated Tracy has said her daughter’s death was never far from her mind.
The 54-year-old said: “It is hard to describe in words.
“It is like living in a nightmare, really.
“Some days it is extremely difficult to get on with life.
“Other days are all right, but on some I can’t focus on anything.
“It makes you keep going, doing things positive like the walk over the weekend.
“It was a brilliant day, Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and victim support have been brilliant with us and we wanted to give something back to them.
“ABTA paid for Cassie’s celebration and funeral.”
Explaining why walkers wore a hint of yellow at the walk, she said: “It was Cassie’s favourite colour, it was good having everybody together sharing lovely memories of Cassie.”
Burke, 31, from St Helens, had been convicted the day before of harassing his former partner Laura Williams.
Along with murder, he pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon, namely a knife, in a public place and was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court for a minimum of 26 years.
Last weekend, about 60 walkers gathered at Alnwick Moor, Northumberland, for a six-mile hike to mark Cassie’s death.
Tracy added: “She is on my mind all the time, we want to keep Cassie’s memory alive.
“It was nice to see everybody in yellow and it made me realise how much she was loved.
“We are all very close, we were all remembering her and talking about her.
“The TUI girls call themselves ‘Cassie’s Army’.”
“A couple of them are getting tattoos of daffodils.
“On the stalk of the flower they are getting Cassie’s name written.
“A couple of weeks ago one of the girls got that done.
“It means the world to me, it touches my heart.”
Among those walking were Cassie’s daughter Ruby, five, sister Nadine, 33, her grandmother Laura Fife, 83, nephew Leon, two, and niece Daisy, five.
The two customers who Cassie was serving when she was murdered also travelled from Southport to take part in the hike, which was organised by Tracy and Nadine.
Tracy said: “The walk has picked me up a little bit. We are going to plan another big event in the summer.
“It was lovely, it brought a lot of memories back.
“We used to walk up there a lot when Cassie was a child.
“We are planning on getting a big cheque made of the total.
“I want to say thank you to everybody who donated and walked, helped with it and all of our family and friends.”
Burke brutally killed Cassie in front of horrified customers, including families with young children, at the travel agents in Southport.
The court heard how events “turned toxic” in the lead up to the murder after the jealous killer realised Cassie had begun a relationship with his ex Laura, then 29.
In 2017, Burke admitted sending malicious communications and was fined and warned to keep away from Cassie after threatening to kill her.