WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Family and friends of Jessica Crowder, the woman killed by her boyfriend two weeks ago in an apparent murder-suicide, gathered at the Warren Family Mission on Tuesday to honor her life at a private memorial service.
The violent shooting on June 24 is bringing the severity of domestic violence to the forefront.
“We’re just celebrating the life that she lived. Although it was tragic, there’s a lot of good that was from her life,” said Dominic Mararri from the Mission.
Crowder spent a lot of time volunteering at the Mission, and was there helping out just hours before she returned to her home on Hamilton Street, where she was killed.
Police say the shooting happened during an argument with her boyfriend, Roleigh Culver, who eventually turned the gun on himself.
Court records show Culver had a history of domestic violence. He was convicted of the charge on three separate occasions in 2010, 2013 and 2015. At one point, he had a temporary protection order filed against him.
“For the most part, they do what they’re designed to do and that’s to stop the violence,” said Linda Baer-Bigley from Someplace Safe.
Clinton Fisher, Crowder’s cousin, said they spoke about the abuse a few times, but that Crowder thought things would change and kept going back to Culver.
“I mean, not to go this far, but yeah…I’ve seen stuff in the past, so yeah, I was scared for her, definitely.”
The Mission says it wants everyone to remember Crowder for all the good things she did in her life and not for the tragic way she died.
“We just want to focus on the good things that Jessica left in our minds and hearts, and so celebrate that and celebrate the person she was,” Mararri said.
“She was just a great person all around,” Fisher said. “It was never a sad time around her…just like, always happy…loved her kids, you know? Definitely her family. Family was everything to her.”