LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- As the trial gets under way in the 2015 murder of Teresa Sievers, it's important we remember Teresa.
This is a woman who was held so dear by her community. Her death blindsided her loved ones.
In the days after Teresa's death, her sister Annie Lisa remembered her sister as a hard worker. A go getter. “What keeps getting me through it, is my sister telling me to ‘knock it off, you've got work to do girl.’ I'll miss her for the rest of my life, and I look forward to seeing her again.”
Teresa was a board member and volunteer at Our Mother's Home, a shelter for teen moms and human trafficking victims.
"Hopefully I instill in them hope, and a belief they can be anything they want to be," said Teresa in an archive video.
"She was here almost every day; celebrations for birthday parties, baby showers, her parenting class, sweating in the trenches, advocating, tears, joy, to help them know they are loved," says Karen Watson of Our Mother’s Home.
Teresa was also a doctor of alternative medicine, and shared a passion for healing.
The woman who was Teresa's right-hand at her practice in Estero told us shortly after her death that she wanted everyone to think of her as a "do-er" not just a philosopher.