Victim’s identical twin sister: “She’s an angel, she’s an angel now”

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A family is mourning the loss of their loved one, a 49 year-old woman who was shot and killed in the town of Tonawanda. She’s now been identified as Renee Taschetta.

“I never said I had a best friend, my sister was my best friend,” said Michele Taschetta.

Throughout her entire life, Michele Taschetta had her identical twin Renee right by her side.

“Her and I complimented each other. We both have a very good sense of humor and her and I together, our voices, you couldn’t tell us apart at all,” said Michele Taschetta.

Through having children and completing nursing programs — they’ve been together.

“The only thing different about us is our fingerprints. So the kids feel even closer,” said Michele.

That’s why it’s so hard for her now, to think about going through life without Renee.

“It’s so hard for me to forget to talk about her in the past tense,” said Michele.

Town of Tonawanda Police say Renee Taschetta was found dead inside her apartment Tuesday night. Her boyfriend of almost 30 years, Mario Turner Sr., has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and criminal possession of a weapon.

“She’s an angel and she’s an angel now,” said Michele.

Michele says she just saw her sister Friday.

“She was walking around Delaware Park. She’d lost 20 pounds. She was feeling really good about herself,” said Michele.

They shared a common interest of helping people, as both worked in nursing.

“Even the people that she knows don’t even had anything bad to say about her,” said Michele.

Renee worked as a nurse manager at the Weinberg Campus in Getzville. The president and CEO of Weinberg says they’re deeply saddened by her death. In a statement to News 4 Thursday, he said:

“Her positive energy and contagious laugh will be sorely missed by her colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”

– Bob Mayer, president/CEO Weinberg Campus

“I know I have to be strong and I’m trying. I have to be strong in my sister’s legacy,” said Michele.

Michele tells News 4 there are grief counselors at her sister’s job. Flynn says the investigation is ongoing. Taschetta’s boyfriend, Mario Turner, is behind held without bail at the Erie County holding center downtown.

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