Co-workers recall caring nature of double murder-suicide victim

December 17, 2018 06:57 PM

The investigation continues into a double murder-suicide in Ballston Spa. As NewsChannel 13 first reported on Friday, Jennifer and Emma Jones were shot and killed before Steven Jones turned the gun on himself. Now, NewsChannel 13 is learning more about Jennifer from people who knew her well.

Jenny Jones worked at Capital District Beginnings for about five years.   She worked with preschoolers with special needs. Her co-workers, who are shocked and devastated, remember the kind, sweet and smiling friend they knew. 


"Just really unimaginable. Nothing would have prepared us for this," said Lara Hulst, director of Capital District Beginnings. 

Jenny Jones was an occupational therapist at Capital District Beginnings, who worked specifically with pre-schoolers with special needs.  Although the agency is a big one, the staff is quite close. They are struggling with their grief.

They set up a room at their Saratoga office where co-workers can gather to grieve, or celebrate Jenny's life, or just draw comfort from one another. 

"The people that worked with Jenny just know she's a beautiful person, she's a warm person, she cares very much about what she does, and she's the kind of person that you just love to be around.  She's just a really nice person, beautiful," said Paul Bashant, director of Capital District Beginnings. 
She touched a lot of local families, working with many classroom teams and children throughout the Saratoga region. 
Her co-workers are still in shock that she was taken from them in such a sudden and violent way. 

Police say Jenny's husband Steven killed her and their 12-year-old daughter Emma last week in a double-murder-suicide in their Ballston Spa home. 

Friends said they didn't have any inkling anything was wrong with Jenny or her family. They want to remember her for her compassion and her kindness.
"Just her smile and her spirit," said Hulst.  "She has a wonderful spirit.  One of our staff shared an email this morning that said today, we're going to live like Jenny would.  That's a really nice mantra that they have going to remember her by and help them through this really hard time." 

Co-workers said Jenny's daughter Emma was her "mini-me" and her pride and joy. They said they wanted to share their memories of Jenny with us because her light needs to keep shining. 


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