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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It's been 17 years since one of the most horrific crime sprees in Tucson history. What started as a series of armed robberies ultimately ended in the murder of six people, four of them at the Firefighters Union Hall on East Benson Highway. For the daughter of one of those victims, it's one day she'll never forget.

June 13th, 1996.

Seven and half months pregnant at the time, Teresa Munn just got home from her first birthing class when she turned on the TV.

"And we had come home and saw a news report on the news saying coming up at 10 there was a quadruple homicide at the Firefighters Union Hall," Munn said.  "And behind the reporter in the background we could see my mother's car, so we knew she was in there that night."

Sadly, Maribeth Munn was one of four people murdered that night as two thugs got away with just $850. 

"They had gone in, Robert Jones and Scott Nordstrom to rob them -- and wanted to leave no witnesses," Munn said.

Exactly two weeks earlier the same to men shot and killed two other people as they robbed a Moon Smoke Shop in midtown.  Ballistics left at both scenes connected the crimes to the same two suspects.

17 years later, while Scott Nordstrom remains on death row, his execution still uncertain -- Robert Jones is now counting the days until his lethal injection.

It's scheduled for October 23rd this year -- and Teresa Munn will be there.

"Since he's actually the one that shot my mother, he saw her die," Munn says..."I will see him die and that will close this book."

A book that's had many chapters over the last decade and a half.

Teresa's brother Scott was married to the daughter of two others killed in the union hall that night.

And when she eventually gave birth to her first and only son, Munn says, "The nurse who was in the hospital with me when I was delivering my son is the sister of Chip O'Dell, who was killed at the Moon Smoke Shop."

An interesting symmetry to so many lives marred by tragedy.

For Teresa, she's looking forward to finally putting all of this behind her.

She knows nothing can change the past.

But fond memories of her mother will always be the same.

"She was only four-foot-eleven, and growing up in the '70s we had a huge Ford station wagon," Munn says, smiling.  "Taking road trips, this tiny woman could reach all the way in the back and smack us -- so yeah...she was tough."

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