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Family of victim now linked to Gilgo Beach serial killer remembers their beloved daughter

She had childhood photos of her murdered daughter, but could not talk about the cruel crime, even after 20 years.

After prosecutors on Thursday linked Jessica Taylor's death to that of Long Island serial killer Rex Heuermann, the victim's still-inconsolable mother, Elizabeth Baczkiel, left her attorney to convey her emotional condolences.

“Jessica, my beloved daughter, we will never forget you,” attorney Gloria Allred read the parents' moving statement outside a Suffolk County courthouse. “We will always miss you! You will be in our hearts forever.”

Jessica Taylor's mother, Elizabeth Baczkiel (left), listens as attorney Gloria Allred (right) reads her statement during a news conference in Riverhead, N.Y., on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

In a new indictment unsealed Thursday, prosecutors said Taylor, 20, and another victim, 28-year-old Sandra Costilla, were killed by Heuermann. Heuermann had previously been charged with the murder of four sex workers whose remains were found near each other on a stretch of Ocean Parkway known as Gilgo Beach between late fall 2010 and spring 2011.

Taylor and Costilla are also the first victims linked to Heuermann whose remains were not discovered along Ocean Parkway, expanding the area where he allegedly disposed of his bodies to more than 40 miles (65 kilometers).

Authorities said Taylor, a sex worker, died between July 21 and 26, 2003. Costilla was murdered between November 19 and 20, 1993, according to the indictment.

The words read by Baczkiel's lawyer made no mention of a sex worker.

Instead, the story focused on the little girl who enjoyed riding her bike, playing Monopoly, and cuddling with her mother and two brothers.

FILE - This July 14, 2023, photo provided by John Ray Law shows Jessica Taylor, whose remains were found decades ago along a highway along Gilgo Beach on Long Island in New York. Rex Heuermann, previously accused of killing four women and leaving their bodies scattered along a coastal highway, was charged Thursday, June 6, 2024, in the deaths of two more women, Taylor and Sandra Costil, after prosecutors said they collected new DNA evidence and found a computer document he used to "Draft" his crimes. (John Ray Law via AP, File)
This July 14, 2023, photo by John Ray Law shows Jessica Taylor. (John Ray Law via AP, File)

“They would pile up on the couch and watch TV,” Baczkiel said in the statement. “I miss how she called me 'mommy' and 'mama.' It's a tragedy that she never had children. Jessica would have made a great mother. She loved children and loved working with them. She worked as a resource person downtown with the children at summer camp. She loved supporting children and helping to care for them.”

Before Taylor's decapitated body was found at another location, with his head and body buried, Costilla had already been dead for 10 years, authorities said.

The remains of Costilla, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, were found by two hunters in a wooded area in Southampton. Hair found on her body was genetically related to Heuermann, prosecutors said.

That connection dramatically expanded the time frame in which prosecutors say Heuermann committed his crimes. Investigators had long linked Costilla's death to another suspect.

Unlike the other victims in this case, she was never labeled a sex worker by authorities.

Costilla lived on Gates Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens, until about 1992, police previously said. According to property records, she also lived in an apartment in Flushing, Queens.

Taylor grew up in Poughkeepsie and lived in New York City before her disappearance. She was last seen alive at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

“When I think of her, the first thing I see is her smile, big and bright, lighting up her face and shining from her beautiful eyes,” said Taylor's cousin Jasmine Robinson.

“Jess was someone I looked up to. She was a force, one of the strongest women I know, with a heart of gold. She was and is loved beyond measure. When her life was taken, a light went out. She will be missed forever.”