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Community mourns slain Chesterfield family


While Chesterfield police consider a quadruple Father Day shooting an open and shut case, many NBC12 viewers are reaching out to ask how Chris Jernigan could shoot and kill his own son, step-daughter and wife before turning the gun on himself.

Now, the local community is coming together to help surviving family members.

On Monday, the Jernigans home shows no signs of the chaos that erupted here Father's Day evening. Save for the balloons and flowers left on the front porch, few would know mom Ronatta Jernigan, her 9-year-old daughter Alexis and 2-year-old son Seth were shot to death police say, by her husband Chris.

Alexis' Matoaca Elementary School classmate is one of those who came to leave a keepsake.

"She's one of my friends and I wanted to give respect to her and her family," said 9-year-old Lani Avery.

She's not the only one. A bank account has already set up to help the Jernigan's surviving family members pay for a funeral.

A funeral, Tammy Ouellette and Debbie Brooks say they want to be a part of by creating a memory board for the family, since both women are passionate about stopping domestic violence.

"I can't do a whole lot to stop that but I can give the family some comfort," said Tammy Ouellette with Heart Filled Keepsakes. It's a company that makes scrapbooks and memory boards for funerals, graduations and birthdays. "That's what we felt, that we could give the family some comfort and something they could keep, reminisce over and feel the good feelings."

Tammy and Debbie said they were inspired to contact NBC12 after they saw our story.

"Someone shot a mother and two babies," said Ouellette. "It effects the kids that went to school with those children and those families trying to comfort their own children."

Like classmate Lani and her mom, Suzanne Avery. "My heart is just broken, it just bleeds for this family it really does."

The fund that's been set up to pay for funeral expenses is at the Bank of McKenny under Renotta Jernigan's name.

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