Jennifer Cave life was perfect, with an Ivy-League education and good friends by her side, but it all changed in the blink of an eye on one fateful night in New York City when she was shot and killed by a single bullet to the head. Jennifer’s killer has yet to be found, but her family and friends refuse to let her legacy die with them, refusing to stop until the man responsible is behind bars.
Jennifer had just finished up her shift at the cafe. She was about to head home when a man stopped her, saying he needed help finding his lost dog. Jennifer agreed and followed him into the woods. But before she knew it, he had pulled out a gun and shot her in the chest. Jennifer screamed, but no one could hear her over the sound of gunshots echoing through the trees.
Then he ran off into the night. There was no way Jennifer would survive this attack- she bled out on the forest floor within minutes.
Every year on October 1st, people gather outside of Rick’s Diner in remembrance of Jennifer Cave and all other victims who have been lost because of senseless violence in their community.
The Day Before
Jennifer walked into the kitchen, yawning and scratching at her head. She poured herself a bowl of cereal and sipped on some orange juice as she sat at the table and flipped through the newspaper. That was when she saw it. On page three, right in the corner of a small paragraph. A fire had erupted in an apartment building last night due to unknown reasons, killing three people including one Jennifer Cave.
Confused, Jennifer stood up and looked over her shoulder out of the window to see her house burning brightly in the early morning light. Then everything went black… Jennifer awakened with a start, eyes wide open and sweat running down her face.
It had all been just a dream! But then Jennifer remembered that today was the day of the funeral for Jennifer Cave, who died yesterday in that terrible fire! Shaken by this nightmare but relieved that it hadn’t really happened, Jennifer ate her breakfast quickly before rushing off to work where she made sure not to look at any newspapers…
I’m sorry, I just can’t do this anymore. That is the last thing Jennifer said before she hung up on her friend. Jennifer sounded broken. After months of putting up with his abusive behavior, she finally had enough. Her boyfriend had thrown another tantrum and, when it was over, he pinned her against the wall and grabbed her throat so tight that she could barely breathe.
She never saw it coming; he was a good guy in front of other people. He would be charming and sweet until they were alone together. Then he became someone else entirely—a monster who didn’t care how much pain he caused her as long as he got what he wanted in the end.
What Could Have Been Done?
Jennifer Cave was a young woman whose life ended at the hands of another person. But even after her death, she has impacted many lives. In her memory, a scholarship is being started for future students in honor of Jennifer, in the hope that they can have opportunities to become the leaders their communities deserve.
Though it might not be much comfort to Jennifer’s family, we know that her legacy will continue through the lives of these next generation leaders and they will be able to make the change needed in society.
A Guide to Following the Police Investigation
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being witness or a suspect in a homicide case, you will probably be interrogated by the police. There are many different types of interrogations, but they all have one thing in common: You can never lie. If you lie, the crime-scene technicians will find evidence that refutes your story. And if they do, they will use that information against you and your alibi.
So what should you do? Remain silent until your lawyer arrives? Absolutely not! You are under no obligation to remain silent and anything you say could be used against you later on down the line when it comes time for trial.
Where We Are Now
Jennifer Cave was a 19-year old girl who was found dead in her home on Tuesday. Her mother, Karen, found her after she called the police to report that her daughter had not answered any of her phone calls or responded to messages. Jennifer was discovered in the garage of their home after it had been deemed safe for investigators. They were still not sure how she died, but she didn’t seem like someone who would kill themselves.
Her father said that he thought it was strange that there wasn’t blood splatter from a gunshot wound and his wife is adamant that Jennifer would never take pills or intentionally hurt herself. It’s hard to know if this family will ever find peace as they mourn the death of their daughter and try to move forward without knowing what happened.