Community Gathers To Show Support After Siblings Killed

KDKA's Jennifer Borrasso was at the vigil for the two Beaver County siblings allegedly killed by their mother.

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KEN RICE: Tonight, love and support from friends and family of two siblings who were shot and killed at their home in Beaver County. This vigil tonight held near their home in Ambridge. Good evening, I'm Ken Rice. The victim's mother is in jail tonight, charged with murdering her children. Jennifer Borrasso spoke with the victim's grandmother about a visit she just made to their home before the shooting. Jen.

JENNIFER BORRASSO: Well, that's right, Ken. So Krisinda Bright's mother, Peggy, told me that she visited her daughter's home yesterday. She didn't stay long because she said her teenage grandchild was doing remote learning. Now, she hasn't talked to her daughter since she's been locked up in jail. She did point out that she had been having problems with an ex, but she doesn't know what happened.

- These two kids deserve this. They deserve this love and support from their communities.

JENNIFER BORRASSO: An emotional vigil in Ambridge remembering two siblings.

- And I'm heartbroken that this happened.

- Three, two, one.

JENNIFER BORRASSO: 22-year-old Jasmine Cannady and 16-year-old Jeffrey "JJ" Bright. According to court paperwork, Jasmine and JJ were shot to death in the head by their own mother, Krisinda Bright, who called and reported the crime to 9-1-1.

- It's been a tragedy that has impacted us all, as you can see by the turnout.

JENNIFER BORRASSO: While a motive is still unknown, many struggle to understand why. Off-camera, a family member told me Krisinda loved her children. A friend, Tanisha Gardner, said nothing seemed strange when she saw Krisinda last week.

TANISHA GARDNER: There was no identified struggles that I saw in her. She just was happy, you know, at the time. She was, in my opinion, you know, from what I remember, a good mom.

JENNIFER BORRASSO: Krisinda's mom Peggy told me over the phone she doesn't know what happened. She said Monday morning, she stopped by her daughter's home in the 900 block of Maplewood Avenue and stayed about 15 minutes. She told me her daughter, a veteran, is divorced but had problems with her ex. Jaci Palmer said Krisinda supported her child JJ's involvement with PRISM, a support group for LGBTQ+ youth in Beaver County.

JACI PALMER: Yeah, I met Mom a couple times, and very supportive. Very quiet, reserved, but like, kind.

JENNIFER BORRASSO: Palmer wants one thing.

JACI PALMER: I want people to remember them as the two beautiful kids that they were. And they had big hearts, and they had a future ahead of them.

JENNIFER BORRASSO: And Ken, tonight, more than 100 people turned out for this emotional vigil. We saw several family members of the victims. As you can imagine, Ken, they were too distraught to talk. Reporting live, Jennifer Borrasso, KDKA News.