On February 12, 2015, Tammy Meyers gave her 15-year-old daughter Kristal Meyers her first driving lesson. They decided to do it at night, when there weren’t as many people on the road. After the lesson, Tammy was driving home when a silver car came behind them. Kristal says the car was riding their bumper and that she reached over and honked the horn. The silver car sideswiped them, then the driver got out and threatened to kill them. Tammy dropped her daughter at home and picked up her son, 22-year-old Brandon Meyer (and his gun), to go looking for the silver car. When they found it, someone in the car fired shots at them. The Meyers drove home. They were on their way inside when the silver car approached, firing 22 rounds from a .45 caliber Ruger. One of the bullets hit Tammy Meyers in the temple. She died two days later. 19-year-old Erich Nowsch Jr., who lived a block away from the Meyers family, was charged with murder. Prosecutors allege 26-year-old Derrick Andrews was the driving when Nowsch was shooting.
After the murder of her mother, Kristal (who is now 16) said she experienced so much bullying at school that she stopped going. What provoked it? Kristal is still dealing with guilt. “I ask myself, ‘What if we didn’t go?’ or ‘What if I didn’t want to go?’ or ‘What if I never honked the horn?'” Kristal Meyers said. “It probably would have been different.” ABC 20/20 airs Fridays at 10pm on ABC.