January 3, 2011 5:35 AM
Renate Schmitz's world came to a crashing, shuddering halt on a hot June night two years ago. Her 29-year-old daughter, Ramona Schmitz, was shot and killed in the presence of her 6-year-old daughter Jasmine. Ramona's boyfriend, Christopher Marberry, was the prime suspect in the case. But Marberry didn't kill Ramona's dream to open a safe haven for cats and dogs. Renate Schmitz has dedicated her life to raising her daughter's two girls and keeping the Last Hope Cat Kingdom in rural Atwater open.