Today one of our friends, Alexis Jackson, passed away. She was an amazing girl, and the entire crew knew her since 3rd grade, at the least. We all had a hard time getting through today. All of us, not just the Asdaqua crew.Stephen, Tal and Beck cried , Michael and Derek were very sad, and Allen was moved but tried to put a positive turn on things. Later in the day, Stephen visited the residence of Alexis’s grandma, where she died, and offered his condolences.
As far as we know, she was killed just after midnight on March 27 in an apparent murder-suicide. The body of her 40 year-old ex-police sergeant father and hers were found by her mother in an SUV fatally shot. The police are suspecting that her dad killed her then killed himself. Her father, John Jackson, had been a police sergeant at the Fairfax County Police Department for 16 years before resigning. He and Alexis’s mother, Cindy Jackson, were going through a hard relationship filed for divorce last summer, although they dropped the case this January.
According to Mrs. Jackson, they could not hear any shots fired from inside the house, but their neighbor did and called 911. Alexis and her father had been at a dance and came home at 12:30. They were in the driveway for a long time, so she went out to see what was the matter. She ran back and threw herself against the door, breaking the glass, saying, “My child is dead!”
Police have been investigating the cause and three news teams were there all day. At lunch, there wasn’t much talking, but sadness and hugs. The school set up counseling place in the library, where people would go and cry and help their friends cope with what happened. This has been the saddest thing we have ever experienced. She has been in our class since 3rd grade, so we knew her well.
You hear a lot about death on the news, most recently the Trevon Martin case, and you feel sorry for them, but you never really experience what it feels like for you. You never realize that something like that could happen to one of your friends. It is not a feeling that can go away, you can never ‘get over’ the feeling of sadness, and we will remember this until the end of our lives.
Wear yellow, to honor Alexis Jackson. Yellow was her favorite color. She will have her name remembered on Asdaqua forever.