14-year-old Tehachapi High School student Jacob Langston died in October along with two family members while they were riding in a boat at June Lake.
Speaking for the first time since the tragedy, Langston's mother Hilary Romo says living without her son has been tough.
His backpack still remains where he left it before he left for the trip and Romo still holds onto the final text messages he exchanged with her son.
Romo says the next step of the healing process is to go through Jacob's room. She plans to do that this summer.