"It's just been incredible," Cyndi Huckaby said. "Of course, now I'm checking every Web site on the news to make sure they're not showing my daughter's picture."
Huckaby, who works in accounting, said she's grateful her daughters have their father's last name so they are not targeted in school, though she's made school officials aware of the situation.
"I've been trying to keep it away from them," she said, adding that she had to explain to her eldest daughter why her friends were seeing her mommy's picture on the news.
She also makes sure someone in her family knows where she and her children are at all times.
"My parents want to make sure I'm safe," she said. "There's some really weird people out there."
Manteca Police Capt. Rex Osborn told ABCNews.com today that they are aware of the problem and have counseled the family on how to protect themselves but can't do anything unless a direct physical threat is made and they can verify where it came from.
"The concern for her isn't something locally," he said. "Our communities are very aware of what is what."
Huckaby is a common name in that part of California, he said, noting that she was very unfortunate to share her exact name -- different middle initials -- with a woman who's been accused of one of the most heinous crimes the county has seen.
That's why Huckaby said she's sharing her story with anyone who will listen, in hopes that she'll again feel comfortable in her hometown.
"I want my family to be safe. I want my kids to be safe," she said. "It's crazy."
Cyndi Huckaby said the family was horrified by Sandra's murder and she wanted to send a condolences to her family. Now, she said, she is afraid make contact because of her last name.
"We just want it over," she said. "And we feel so bad for that little girl's family. I can't even imagine what they're going through."