‘It’s hard to go on’: Family of murdered Pittsford woman opens up about how they’re coping
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The family of Jasmine Adams, the Pittsford woman shot and killed by her partner last October, is speaking out for the first time.
News10NBC’s Marsha Augustin sat down with her sister Wednesday to learn more about who Jasmine was, and how the family is coping — and if they had feared for her safety before that night.
Her sister Shannon Adams says they are living a nightmare.
I remember the night Jasmine was found dead in her Tobey Road home. I arrived to the scene, I heard someone screaming, “My sister is dead, he killed my sister.” It pierced my heart.
Shannon said those were her cries.
“It pierced all of our hearts because not in a million years we would’ve thought we would be pulling up to something like that,” she said.
The family is now raising Jasmine’s children — the youngest of whom was in the house during his mother’s murder.
Jasmine was 33 years old, a certified nursing assistant, and a proud mom of two boys —a 4-year-old and a 14-year-old.
Her family said she was always thinking of others and loved to have fun.
“Anything she had, if she had it you got it — no matter what it is, she would give you her last. That’s how my sister was, just a beautiful woman, inside and out,” Shannon said.
And that’s how Jasmine will always be remembered, Shannon said.
Jasmine is the fifth child of a close-knit family.
Shannon says she had a gut feeling something was wrong when Jasmine was not responding in the family group chat. So on Oct. 24, her sisters Shanita, Brinya and Jada went to check on her.
There, Shannon says, they walked into a crime scene. They say they found Jasmine in a hallway.
She was dead, and had been shot eight times.
Her boyfriend, 47-year-old Andrew Pellam, was in the bedroom, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot. They say Jasmine’s youngest was found in the house downstairs, alone, and with the gas on. He was not physically harmed.
“Her son was in there, and he was like, ‘My mommy upstairs and her dead and Dre dead too.’ So he was in there with them while they were dead for two days. It’s so unreal, like, every day we wake up, like, it’s hard to go on,” says Shannon.
Shannon says one of her sisters screamed, fell down the stairs and broke her leg when she found Jasmine. Another sister just held her, crying.
Shannon says for the past three years Jasmine and Drew had been in a relationship. They never feared he would hurt Jasmine.
I asked her about the order of protection Jasmine filed against him in September.
“When the police went to their house for that first incident, that’s when she got an order of protection against him — it wasn’t something that she felt she needed to get away from, ‘he’s constantly beating me.'”
Every day is an an emotional struggle.
“It’s a hard pill to swallow, every day it’s looking at her kids, hearing her son cry for his mommy, hearing her mom cry for her daughter,” Shannon said.
Prayer, faith, and support of loved ones is how they are trying to stay strong. They have set up a GoFundMe to help support her kids.
“Yeah, I’m angry that she is gone, but I am at peace because I know her soul is at rest. Her soul is with the Lord,” Shannon said.
Shannon has a message for women who are dealing with domestic violence:
If you are in a domestic violence situation, get out of it. Get out of it. My sister Jasmine she didn’t know that she was going to be murdered. She didn’t know that this man was a murderer. We didn’t know he was a murderer.
You got to be careful who you lay down with. Because anybody can say I love you. Be careful who you are loving and who you let in your circle and around your family. People portray to be someone they are not. You are worthy.