SANDUSKY, Ohio — Family and friends gathered to remember a mother and her two young children who were found dead inside their home. Meanwhile, police are trying to figure out how they all died and who may have killed them.
Dozens of people held candles, and shed tears at a candlelight vigil Sunday night for Heather Jackson, 23, her 18-month-old son Wayne and 3-year-old daughter Celina.
“It’s horrendous bro’, I mean, that’s my baby sister and my niece and nephew, it’s horrendous,” said her brother Nick Fee.
Around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jackson’s mother called Sandusky police. She was worried because she had not heard from her daughter all day. Officers apparently went to check on her, but some friends are the ones who later discovered the gruesome scene inside, according to their call to 911.
CALLER: “Nobody’s heard from her for a while.”
DISPATCHER: “We just checked on her not that long ago.”
CALLER: “Ok, I walked in the back door because I thought I heard someone say ‘come in’ but maybe it was the TV, and there’s a body under the (expletive) mattress!”
When officers arrived inside Heather’s home on John Street, they found all three dead inside. The two children’s bodies were found in a closet.
“It’s gut-wrenching, I have never heard of such a thing…for a mother not only to lose herself, but her two kids, is the worst thing I’ve ever heard of,” said friend Ashley Walls.
All day, stunned Sandusky residents stopped by the home to place flowers, balloons and stuffed animals on and around the front porch.
All Jackson’s mother would say to Fox 8 is “my babies are gone.”
“She had fun, she loved life, had two beautiful, beautiful children, it’s senseless, it’s unreal,” said Fee.
Friends and neighbors say Heather had just moved into the home a few weeks ago and have no idea who would want to harm her and her family.
“Heather was outgoing, fun, always kept a smile on her face. I didn’t really see no evil in her to make somebody want to murder her and her kids,” said friend Takye Fenderson.
“That’s one of my best friends from high school, so it’s really hard for me to even talk about it or think about it, she was such a good mom, she was such a good person,” said Walls.
Sandusky police say an autopsy will be conducted on the bodies and the results should be available on Tuesday.
Investigators also say they have spoken with several people about the deaths, but have not made any arrests.
Several businesses are helping the family with funeral costs. Donation jars will be located at Needle Dick’s Tattoo Parlor at 234 Columbus Avenue in Sandusky.
Generations Hair Studio at 1822 Milan Road is hosting “Hair for Heather” this Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All proceeds will go directly to Heather’s parents to help with funeral expenses.