Young mother's family speaks out about her death and the children she leaves behind

By Mackenzie Patterson - bioemail

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - "Laughable, loud, always had a beautiful smile."

That is how Denise Dykes described her younger sister growing up, but Denise will never get to see Yamisha's smile again.

After being missing for about a month, investigators found her body in a shallow grave in Phenix City.

Now, two young girls are left without a mother.  Dykes said one is 15 years old, and the other just celebrated her 7th birthday only days after the family got word of the gruesome news.

"I know I just know she wanted her mother there.  I know she wanted her mother there because her mom always made them feel very special on a day to day basis, but definitely on their birthdays, she kind of went all out for them," said Dykes.

Those birthdays will never be the same.  Denise said it was her sister's love for her kids that first made the family know something was wrong.

"She would not have abandoned her children.  I, as a sister, might not hear from her for 2 days, Mom now she's going to hear from her every day, daughters--they're going to hear from her everyday all throughout the day."

Denise said she and her 7 brothers and 2 sisters will rally around those girls making sure they know they are loved.

As for Sylvester Davis, Yamisha Thomas' ex-boyfriend and a person of interest in the search for her killer, Denise did not want to say much except that the couple's past relationship was troubled.

But, she did say her sister and that smile will be missed and wants everyone to know Yamisha was beautiful inside and out.

The Home Going service for Thomas is set for 2:00pm on Saturday, June 3rd at the Progressive Funeral Home in Columbus.

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