‘She saw the good in people’: Vigil held for South Windsor mother found dead in East Hartford


SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — The community came together Saturday night to honor the life of a South Windsor mother after her tragic death.

Jessica Edwards was a young mother to a seven-month-old baby and went missing the day after Mother’s Day this year – her first year celebrating that holiday as a mother herself. Along with the police, her family and friends searched tirelessly for her for almost two weeks but found nothing.

Friday police announced they had found her body in East Hartford. Her husband, Tahj Hutchinson, was arrested the same day and charged in her death.

Now police are trying to piece together what happened.

South Windsor Police say the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released in the coming days.

Sgt. Mark Cleverdon, the Public Information Officer for South Windsor Police told reporters Friday, “They are grieving right now. They miss their daughter, their sister greatly. It is our obligation as an agency to make sure we do everything we can to find as much closure for them as we can. We believe we’re heading in the right direction of that.”

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Edwards’ friends and family held a vigil/memorial for her Saturday at 7 p.m. at Nevers Road Park in South Windsor.

Edwards’ loss is impacting so many. Her family tells us she was the life of the party and she was a beautiful person inside and out. At the park, dozens gathered to pray, sing, and share stories.

Amazing, funny, confident: those are some of the words used to describe Edwards at the vigil.

Her brother Mario Edwards said, “She has a good heart… so kind… she saw the good in people.”

“She always took care of her family from a young age,” one attendee said.

Kerry McNiven, the director of clinical education at Manchester Community College Respiratory Therapy program said of her student gone too soon, “She was the life of the classroom… life of the party!”

Those who knew her say Edwards had big plans and an even brighter future. She will be missed by so many so very much.

The investigation into what happened is ongoing.

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