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Meyers' daughter speaks, blames self for mother's death

LAS VEGAS -- The family of Tammy Meyers, a northwest valley mother who was gunned down earlier this year, spoke exclusively to the 8 News NOW I-Team about why the mother of four was out giving her daughter a driving lesson after 10 p.m. that night.

In February, Meyers got into a late night traffic altercation while driving with her teenage daughter.  Meyers went home and got her adult son before going back out to search for the driver

Along the way, Meyers and her son encountered someone else in a similar vehicle. Police say the suspect drove past the Meyers' home and opened fire. Meyers was shot in the head.

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The alleged shooter was later identified by police as 19-year-old Erich Nowsch, who happened to live in the same neighborhood and knew Tammy Meyers.

Authorities said it was a tragic mix-up that cost Meyers her life.

Meyers' 15-year-old daughter, Kristal was nearby when her mother was killed. During a sit-down interview with the I-team's George Knapp, Bob Meyers, Kristal's father, said the teen blames herself for what happened.

“My daughter saw her mom go down,” Meyers said. “In my daughter's eyes, if she didn't ask her mom to teach her how to drive that night, her mom would still be alive.”

Right before her mother was killed, Kristal was preparing to get her driver's permit by practicing her driving with her mother in an empty school parking lot. The idea of the late night driving session has drawn a lot of criticism. However, Meyers said Kristal is shy, so a driving lesson at that time of night seemed appropriate.

Meyers said they also celebrated a birthday earlier that day, and there wasn't any school scheduled for the next day. However, things took a turn for the worse after a minor fender bender with and angry driver.

“My sister came in to get me,” said Brandon Meyers,” son of Tammy Meyers. She said ‘somebody is trying to hurt me and mom.'”

Brandon continued the story by explaining the why he thought his mother and sister were in danger.

“They threatened them. They are going to kill them. She needed me to go out there,” Brandon Meyers said.

Meyers said he grabbed his gun and reluctantly went back out with his mother. He said she insisted they look for the other driver.

However, that led to a run in with another car. Metro Police said as Meyers and his mother tried to return home, Nowsch, a passenger in the other car, opened fire and shot Meyers in front of her home.

The family said Tammy Meyers knew Nowsch and tried to help him before in the past.

The family says they're trying to keep the teen away from the house where her mother was shot and killed, which is one of the reason's she's in Arizona getting counseling.

“My mom was my everything. I don't know if I would forgive him. He did kill my mom,” Kristal said.

Bob Meyers said he pulled Kristal out of school because he claims she was being harassed about her mother's death.

Nowsch is awaiting trial.