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169 Responses

  1. I knew Jessica. She was a very sweet person. I really hope someone will finally come forward with some information… Jessica and her family deserve justice.

  2. thank you for your interest..it seems some have forgotten all though shes gone the existence of or the murderer still remains to tear my heart my health my trust and my desire GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOURS.. JESSI STILL HELPS ME live on. wAITING FOR GOD to take me home to see her again

  3. HI….

    Jessica was my best friend… Becky, please contact me. I Miss you…

  4. Becky…I haven’t forgotten!

  5. Becky, none of us have forgotten . God is watching over her, and over you too. Hopefully this will be brought to a close soon. Stay strong Becky. I miss Jessi. Miss you too.

  6. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS WE FINALLY GOT THAT BASTARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Can someone tell me who this man that was arrested really is? She was a beautiful young woman. My prayers are with you all. This man was working along side my mother the day he was arrested. It really spooked me.

  8. Tiffany or scruz,

    Can someone post something about this info? I cannot find anything.

  9. I was told a man was arrested in NC for this. He was running for @16 years. I’m pretty sure this is the case. I hope it is for the family. The people responsible for this need to be where they belong-BEHIND BARS!! The man that I’m speaking of got arrested on the job-Friday! I couldn’t find anything either, some ladies that work with my mother gave me the the name.

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  11. Yes, I have heard the same. If this is the same man. He was arrested on the job at Walmart in Burlington, NC. He had been working there for many years and was well known by employee’s and Walmart shoppers. Nothing but nice things were said of him. If this is the man I hope he is found guilty and family and friends can get some closure.

  12. Does anyone have a name? Maybe I can find something.

  13. The man arrested in Burlington NC at a Walmart’s name was Marvin Lee Smith, Jr. Felony 9901 Offense, Extradition-Fugitive. He has a court date on April 30, 2008. In your web browser put in North Carolina Court Schedules and put his name in the search engine to find out all the information.

    If this is the man who did this horrific crime, may justice be served; however, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We want the right man arrested so that he can get the punishment that he deserves.

    It hurts my heart to know that this young girl went through this and had to die like she did. My prayers go out to her family.

    I hope this information is helpful to you all.
    LB

  14. I can’t bring it up. I may be doing something wrong. I am also trying to find the video of the unsolved mysteries episode. I found the episode through searching but no video. Also, has there been anything in the Ohio news yet.

  15. Nothing in Ohio yet…the cops must be keeping it a secret.

  16. thank you all for concern we’re praying all goes well..keep the prayers for my family …this has left a hole in our everyday existing thoughts and each day of just trying to live apeaceful life. all who felt jess smile touch and love alone her love for people will always leave our hearts and misery in our minds until there is justice so we can feel her death was not in vain. my mom jess’s grandma grieved herself the first couple of years to death.–pray for jessicas shes listening and sits.close to Gods side and watches for us… God bless yours and you . HER MOM….

  17. .B…please get in touch with me, i need you!!! You know how you can find me…Chantal

  18. My hearts do go ouy to the family of the young girl this happend to no one deserves to have there life taken away in ant way espeacaily as tragicly as that. But in the same people need to stop spreading lies and rumors and just wait for the facts to come out. If he did it he will pay for it, but right now it’s no for any one of us to jude, it’s between him and God right now.

  19. excuse the misspellings i was in a hurry.

  20. I feel this is a good place to post what I have to say… Her giggle still echoes in my mind. I will never forget her smile, or the way she bounced when she walked.Her gentle hands, so innocent. She was an angel on earth for fifteen short years. When she was stolen from all who loved her, we lost a gentle, loving, kind sole that never hurt anyone. The impact of her loss has affected so many people, those who knew and loved her, and also those that never got the chance to ….I just want people that did not know her , to understand the pain this has caused to those that did. There will never be another Jess. She was truly one of a kind. I still miss her everyday………..

  21. And one more thing.. B or H. if you read this, please contact the va (C), she has my info. I really need you.. No one else understands.

  22. Chantal thank you for kind and welcome words You and Jess were such good friends and we hope the renewal of all this doesnt upset you. The real thing is we will all have some closure when he is tried and convicted. I tried your number and got a recording and it was full and could not take any more. DO NOT put your Email or phone number here. I will keep trying tho. B

  23. jessi’s mom,
    I’m so sorry for all the pain you’ve been thru. I have seen people die from a broken heart. God bless you and your family.

  24. I LIVE IN BURLINGTON NC AND I HAVE MET MARVIN SMITH.YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW THAT GUY COULD EVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS,HIS GIRLFRIEND JUST HAD A CHILD A FEW WEEKS AGO,SHE HAD NO CLUE OF THIS.I FEEL SO BAD FOR JESSICAS FAMILY AND I HOPE THIS BRINGS THEM SOME CLOSURE.IF MARVIN IS THE GUY I HOPE THAT JUSTICE IS SERVED.

  25. I have known him for 8 years he lived with me and my husband for 4 years until he got the apartment next door.we never know anything he hide it very well I know god said u should not hate but i do him.he watched my nieces more then once.my heart goes out to this girls family and friends.I pray eveyday for all.We all though he was a good guy,but he is a dog.Justice needs to served.

  26. i have known marvin for over 3 years and to tell u what, i knew something was wrong with him. i was not shocked when i heard of this. he looked like a perv. (pervert), was weird and talks too much. i give my prayers to jessica’s family and feel sorry for his girlfriend and new child. if he is convicted of this terrible terrible crime, his new child will not have a daddy, and that is sad. u just cant trust anybody anymore… to jessica’s family, i hope justice is served.
    and it will be served if he is guilty.. prison is hell, the other guys in there will teach him a good lesson!

  27. Do we know if “Marvin” was someone Jessica or her family may have known or was he a complete stranger to her?

  28. He better be served as guilty….his DNA matches. What more do they need. I went to high school with Jessica and she was such a sweet heart. Her murder was one of the hardest things I have had do deal with being 15 years old. She called me right before she left for the mall and that was the last time I ever heard her voice. She loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. My prayers go out to her family as they deal with this pain but relief that they finally found the bastard.

  29. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHY THIS IS NOT ON THE NEWS OR IN PAPERS,IT SEEMS TO ME THIS IS BIG NEWS AFTER ALL THESE YEARS THE A#$ HOLE HAS BEEN CAUGHT.

  30. I had another dream about Jessica a few days ago. Mom called this morning telling me the “breaking” news. Jessica there are people who NEVER will forget you.

  31. I always invisioned Jessica’s killer to have been someone we knew.I am very thankful to know that someone who knew Jessica was not the cocious less monster that was able to this to her.What kind of women has a baby with a two time convicted rapist?Anyway,I am elated to hear that they finally caught the bastard.Mrs.Keen ,God Bless you and your family,may you truly have a peaceful and beautiful Memorial Day this year.

  32. My grandmother called me last week to tell me the news. I almost couldn’t believe it. Although I didn’t know Jessica, we only met as itty bitty kids, but we share the same family. I was 12 when she passed away and her death marked me for the rest of my life. I have saved every newspaper article, every picture. And this may be strange to some but when my mom (Debbie) passed away 2 years ago I prayed that my mom would help solve Jessica’s murder. My daughter was born on the 6th anniversary of Jessica’s death, she made sure there would be no forgetting!! :)

  33. I saw this on the news this morning and have heard about her death several times. My heart goes out to the family and friends. May Justice Be Served.

    God Bless.

  34. I just wanted to say Thank you God. I was so relieved to hear that after all this time someone is finally going to have to face what they did to her and to everyone that loved her. I knew jessica and I adored her. Her smile, her laugh, her voice. It was hard to be around her and stay in a bad mood. She could always tell when you were down and seemed to know just what to say. I sat across from her at lunch and she was the one person I knew would always have something nice to say. Something to make me feel better about me. I hate that her life was taken way too soon. All of us as children hung out with the wrong person or did things we would later get to look back on as bad decisions. Jessica never got that chance. it was taken from her and with it a piece of everyone’s heart that knew and loved her. My prayers continue to be with the family. Rest in peace Jessica! You will be loved and missed always.

  35. look guys. ty 4 all info. tha wuz my dad. & i apologize 4 tha. ty 4 info bout g/f and new baby. i live in oh. & news broke yesterday i heard. i hope he gets it if he is guilty. i’m sry i will check bac.

  36. I almost can’t believe that after so many years the man who killed an innocent young girl has been caught. I have been waiting for this news. I did not know Jessica while she was alive, but I was the person who found her that morning in the cemetery and she has been with me ever since. I wish her family and friends peace and justice.

  37. My daughter, Tracie Carter and her husband Andre Rogers knew Jessica very well. I have never forgotten driving Tracie to Jessica’s funeral. It was the largest I have ever been too, which shows she had alot of people who cared for her. I have hoped and prayed that one day they would find the MONSTER that did this to her and I thank God they have. I thank God for DNA! Finally there will be closure for all of you who know and loved her. I think when the MONSTERS court date comes here in Columbus, that all you friends of hers should go to the court and back her up and if possible make this “Thing” feel bad in some way! Finally justice will prevail….Prayer to all of you…
    Tracie Carter’s Mom

  38. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I remember and think of your family often as I am from Plain City and worked with Aunt Sandy for a number of years. I know that this will never be “over” nor should it be, Jessi’s love and light live on forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. My prayer for you now is that during what will be a most difficult time of legal issues that God will give you the strength. Jessi is at the right hand of God waiting!

  39. I remember when Jessi first came to our school at PV. She was always so funny and so out going. She was so sweet, I will never forget her. We stayed up all night at her house a couple of times, we would just laugh and sing and eat vanilla pudding with saltine crackers. I will never forget how I felt when I heard the news that she was missing, I mean, I just saw her at school a couple of days before. It just felt so unreal. My thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with all of Jessi’s family and friends.

  40. omj i knew marvin he lived right beside me for a while i never thought of him as this kind of person. he sat with me and my cousin by our selfs and he never said n e thing about none of this if he did it then he does need to be in prison but if not then he will b livin b side me for many more years!
    im so sorry 4 what happend!!
    ~kasey

  41. I went to school with Jess, she was such a good person. I now have a daughter who just turned 15 and I live just 4 miles from the cemetery where she was found. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and wonder if she would have been a Vet or a singer.
    I have made sure that my Daughter knows every detail of this horrific tragedy! It is important to use this as a tool to keep other young girls safe. If not ….. Jess’ death will only be in vein.
    I have saved every newspaper clipping, pressed flowers from her funeral along with the card from her funeral in a file with canidid pics of her from school. I remember the funeral like it was yesterday, it sure put a hole in my heart. I pray for the family to have strength during the court date. I too have wondered if that monster knew of her somehow.
    No matter what happens to him now it will be worse when he meets him Maker.
    I cannot even imagine not kissing my Daughter good night or seeing her smile ever again. Mrs. Keen you are one of the strongest people I know of. My thoughts and prayers ar with the family as they have been for the last 17 years.

  42. It’s been a year since this was last commented on, but I’m happy to report her killer has been found. May she rest in peace now.

  43. Beck, my mom and I are SO happy that they have found who did this, hopefully JUSTICE will be served!! Our hearts have ached for you and H! My mom has tried and tried to get ahold of you, but can’t even find you. She use to talk to your dad and brother. Her number is the same as it has been. My aunt called my mom today to tell her the news. Please try to call. She is sitting here with me and you are all in our thoughts. God Bless and we love you and H! Michelle and Kathy F PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get ahold of my mom…

  44. I am so glad that they finally caught the man who took Jessica’s life. My sister (Melissa Bradford) and Jessica were great friends. I remember after receiving the news about Jessica my sister played a tape of Jessica singing a Debbie Gibson song. She would play that tape over and over again. Jessica had such a beautiful voice and had a great heart.

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May the man who did this get the punishment that he deserves.

  45. Becky this is Tiffany, but not the same Tiffany that posted comments on 3/31/08. I’m not sure who that was. I’m the Tiffany that talked about Jessica on Unsolved Mysteries. I just found out the news this morning. I’m so excited that there will finally be some closure. It is way overdue. I thought for sure it would have been someone she knew. I want you to know that I have not and will not ever forget about Jessica! She isn’t the kind of person you could just forget about. I’ve had so many dreams about her over the years. I used to pray and wish she would come to me in a dream to tell me who did this to her. I’m really sorry we lost track of each other over the years. I still think about Jessica all the time. I can still hear her voice , hear her singing, and laughing. She would have won American Idol. Jessica was so talented she wanted to try out for plays and check into acting. I think she would have been famous! Becky I would love to talk to you again if there is a way for us to email or call each other let me know. I didn’t leave my number because I saw that you told Chantal not to put her email address or phone number on here. Otherwise I would have. Please write back.

  46. Becky-I didn’t know Jessica but you worked with my mom and dad, Margaret & Charles Hodge. We just got word of the arrest and we will be thinking of you and your family. Justice will finally be done and you can all rest in peace now, especially Jessica. You will all be in our thoughts-The Hodge Family

  47. Jessica was my best friend for many years. Becky, this is Roudabeh, we (my family) still love her, we still miss her. I think of you…remember when we first met?…I didn’t speak English so well…then we had many years together as I grew with Jess. I’ve been following this. I’ve been thinking of you, looking for you in a subtle way. She was your baby…such a sweet sweet doll…so smart, caring, open…so like you. I have been thinking about him for 17 years, I volunteered at Huckleberry House because of her as I went through school. I will be there when he comes to Columbus. I will be waiting. I would love to have contact with you.

  48. Becky, I read what you posted about your mom (my Aunt Vicky) and I remember the last time I saw her before she passed away. She talked about Jessica and how she wanted to be with her. There was comfort in knowing that they had each other in Heaven. Becky, please tell Uncle Smitty hello from Ami. And on a lighter note, tell him to pull my finger. :)

    As for the news I’ve been reading today, I still can’t believe it. I think I resigned myself to the thought that whoever committed this horrific crime would pay when he met his maker. After living several years of freedom he’ll (hopefully) have to rot in prison where he belongs.

    It’s sad that my memories of Jessica are of her death. Her death is what introduced me to evil. Before that I didn’t know that kind of evil existed. I remember going to her funeral and listening to her sing “Foolish Beat.” Anyone who was there knows that you cannot hear or even think of that song without remembering Jessica. Scoot over Debbie Gibson, that song belongs to Jessica. I wish that I had known her. I wish that I didn’t have to watch my family suffer through the years of pain. And I wish those closest to her will find closure. Remember her for the life she lived, not the moment she was taken away. God Bless all of you!!!

  49. Jessica and I were friends, we went to high school together and for 17 years, I have been waiting for this announcement!!! Jessica has and will ALWAYS be in my thoughts and prayers.

    We rode the bus together or walked to school (when we missed the bus) :) We lived in the same complex. I remember when she went missing, wondering where she had been (in the mornings), why she hadn’t been at the bus stop or school. Then I remember a friend pulling me aside in the halls at school, hugging me really tight and telling me the news. I didn’t believe it. I remember leaving school that day, still in denial, even the news cameras didn’t convince me. For days, I waited for her to walk up to the bus stop, or see her smiling face in the halls. Well, that day never came. The funeral was very hard, very sad and I too remember “Foolish Beat” as Jessica’s song! Her death was a VERY difficult thing to deal with and I pray that NO ONE has to EVER deal with that. I have children of my own now and cannot image what Jessica’s family has gone through and will have to go through in the coming days/weeks/months. Be strong, justice will be served and the person responsible will pay for what they did! I love and miss Jessica dearly. Take care and God bless you!!!!

  50. Beck………….Girl I really miss you…..Have tried so hard to get to you Ron, Todd, Your Dad, Brother, and H…. I have even called some of the places you use to work. LOL (you know me I never give up easy) There hasn’t been a day that you all haven’t raced through my thoughts. I was so over joyed when I heard the news. I just sat in my car and cried. The chills just went through my body. So glad my Sister heard the news and thought of calling me.. Jessi grew up to be a beautiful young lady. I always ask myself how God could let something like this happen…………….We can only go on the thoughts that she is in a better place and someday we will all join her….I look at the pictures I have of the kids when they were little. The kids were all so little and cute. The way Jessi and Mikie use to bug the crap out of H and Michelle. That was a great time time in my life and I am so glad that we had that time and friendship together. Beck…..If there is anything I can do for you let me know. I am still living in florida. M & M live close by we will be thinking about you and H and if you need us for anything please find away to get me or give me a hint of how I can contact you. Beck there will be justice and this BASTARD will pay for this. Thank God he is locked up because this girl still has some redneck in her………..Love you girl hope to hear from you…God Bless and give H a big hug from us…Kathy Frederick

  51. I was at Huck House with Jessica. I only knew her for a very short time, but she was a very sweet girl. This has weighed very heavy on my heart for all these years. I hope they’ve got the right person & that justice will finally be served.

    Jessi’s family & friends:
    You have all been in my prayers and thoughts for so very long, and will continue to be. May you find peace in knowing that Jessi may finally get some justice. Please take care & stay strong. I wish you all the best.

  52. if u knew marvin, he didnt have to touch u to make u think he was like that… he looked at all the young girls, when they bent down, as they walked, made ignorant comments etc. he was perverted!!! how can WAL-MART let a convicted RAPIST work there???? crazy!!! it makes me soooo angry… he probably has other victims and they need to come forward! so please people, get over the fact that he was a “nice” and “very friendly” person… he did it!!! that was such a good front for him to put on a different face like that… but it caught up to him now. all the proof is there and he cant get out of it. i hate the fact that i knew someone like him… all the women who came in contact with him.. it makes me want to vomit!! i feel very very sorry for his young girlfriend and new child. if only she saw through him before she got trapped by him.. if he didnt get caught now, she could have been next, and that would have been terrible.
    i will watch and keep track of the news about this case until he is finally in prison!!
    i am venting my anger towards him because he is a predator and i knew him… i didnt know jessica at all, but i feel for her family very much and i am so sorry that a man like him had to take your beautiful daughter away in such a horrible manner. i would never stick up for a convicted rapist. i still dont understand how a rapist was working at walmart.. is walmart going to get in trouble for employing him??? they should, and the management from that store needs some help…
    **my prayers go out to jessica’s family and friends.. be strong!! and i thank the ohio police/fbi for finally finding him and removing him from the Burlington, NC community!!

  53. I have to agree with kittykat on him looking and talking about girls all the time.yes he did put on a good front.I was the redhead on the news and like i said i know him as a sorry low down dog now.He is dead to me and jail is to good for someone like that he needs to get beat and done the same way this child was done.Word has it he cleaned her school,but i dont know.God will deal with him.This poor child did not even get the chance to grow up are have a chid of her own. As for his girlfriend she was like everyone else had no clue.As for his kid in ohio your brother lives here in burlington.The News paper came by my house to talk to me today it will be in there tomarrow.We will be in the court room when this bastard is in their.

  54. I dont think it was at all right what Marvin did but I do have to ask one thing They said it was someone else with him why has’nt anyone said anything about that bastard?I wish i never knew Marvin at all,But we was and i said was good friends.He lived with me and my wife Rhonda for along time.Then he moved beside of us.God watched over everyone who was ever around him.Our hearts goes out to eveyone who knew Jessica.I dont think wal-mart knew anything.They did say if anyone talks about this will lose their job.I now hate Marvin!!!! I dont need are want afriend like that.I love all the kids in my familey I would have felt real bad if something would have happened to one of them.

  55. HI Becky,

    Just saw the news and see that caught the terrible guy that took Jessica away. Hopefully this will bring some closure to you and your family.

    You know I’m always thinking about you and remember all the great times Jessica, Heather and my boys had together.

    Look forward to seeing you and Heather soon.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love You

    Your girfriend

    Tricia

  56. Well now, I see the news finally had NEWS on Marvin. He was arrested weeks ago at Wal-Mart where many of my friends work. I ran into him several times during visits to the store and he seemed like-able, but then so did Jeffery Dahmler and John Wayne Gacy. I cannot say if he was guilty or not, but if the DNA results are in and he IS the one that killed Jessica, then he should hang. I am all for the Death Penalty. Eye for an Eye and all that jazz. To some it seems a shame to put somebody to death for their killing another person, but so does spending about $125,000.00 a year to keep them alive in prison. That money could be used elsewhere, like in our schools and for our payments to all the illegal aliens that come here for all the free money we give out to them in this soon-bankrupt country. Learn to swim! America is only a few strokes away, Jose!

  57. I wonder if they will let us take cameras into the courtroom when the trial is going on?

    It would be a good thing to let all the people know in the jail-house that Marvin was a child predator. He won’t last too long then. Hope that if he is guilty, he gets a cell with a White Aryan Nation Member

  58. This left so much impact on all of us. Truly, Jessica was such an innocent soul, and never judged anyone. I was a little chubby at the time and did not fit the’cheerleading’ criteria, and she never judged med. She actually encouraged me that I could loose weight. She was so positive. She was so outgoing and sweet to everyone.

    I’m so glad that justice may finally be served. Her memory will live on forever, and just her smile alone, was as if she was a angel on earth. She was such a genuine sincere girl.

    God bless, everyone! Trust in the Lord.

  59. I just wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and especially the memories. We have all waited a long time for this. I miss her deeply and will always feel a whole in my heart and my life without her. Jessica and I were so close when we were little. When we were very small, we used to try to hold hands all night as we slept during a thunderstorm. She was always braver and stronger than I, never afraid to speak her mind, stand up for someone or jump for her dreams. I hope that this gets out to her friends in the Kettering area also, since we grew up there. Jessica was so lucky to have such great friends who have been there through all of this. Many of you have asked my mom and I to contact you and we will try as soon as possible. We miss you all and appreciate your support.

    God Bless You, Jessica’s sister, Heather

  60. Beautiful Heather…we always wanted to be you. The cool older sister ;-) I send you love.

  61. Hi Heather…. its been a long time coming right. I talked to mom now. I am so proud of you for being so strong thru all of this. I would love to hear from you, I heard all the good news about whats been happening in your life. Jess would be so proud. You know she always looked up to you! Mom has my numbers. Its all a whirl wind right now. My mind is going a thousand different directions. I am going out to see Jess in a little bit. i bought some beautiful roses. I have been following this blog, its so nice to see all the people that still remember, and hear all the nice comments everyone is leaving. Hope to talk to ya soon! Stay strong, I have faith in God that all will work out . Miss you…

  62. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. I was very young when we lost her, but I do remember and miss her. Mostly I think about all of the lost opportunities. The things I may never know about her and the times in life that I can’t share with her. Thank you for all of the memories. Though I wish I had more, I really appreciate hearing from her friends. Heather- I wish you would tell me more about her.
    Jessica’s little sister, Jaime

  63. To Jessica’s family and friends : a website has been started for her at http://www.freewebs.com/jessicakeen

  64. TO ALL THE PEOPLE FRIENDS AND FAMILY… THIS IS A TIME OF UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT FOR BOTH FAMLIES INVOLED, MINE AND HIS. HOWEVER, WE NEED TO TAKE AWAY THE ENERGY WASTED ON THIS SITUATION AND PRAY THAT GOD WILL MAKE SURE THE RIGHT THING IS DONE FOR HIS FAMILY AND MINE YOU THE SURVIVORS OF THE FAMILY AND THOSE TOUCHED BY THIS HAS DONE AS MUCH BEING A VICTM FOR SEVERAL AND ALWAYS WILL. I DO NOT WISH TO HURT ANYONE WHO DOES NOT DESERVE ATHE PAIN OR HAVE THEM GO THRU WHAT I HAVE.. ITS BEEN DIFFICULT BUT I’VE NEVER STOPPED IN LETTING GOD SHOW ME THE WAY. DO NOT DOUBT HIM FOR FAITH AND BELIEF YOU NEED NOT ALWAYS NEED TO BELEIVE IN YOUR OWN WAY TO DEAL WITH THIS BUT TRUST IN THE LORD AND HE WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY ..ENOUGH HATE AND HELL EXISTS WITHOUT ADDING TO IT..THAT IS WHAT HAS KEPT ME GOING FOR MANY TIMES I PRAYED FOR JESUS TO SAVE ME FROM MY EMPTY HEART. AS WELL TO CONTINUE TO LIVE IN PAIN THE REST OF MY LIFE . FOR THAT I THANK GOD FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND PRAY FOR THE SAME TO YOU. PEACE. JESS’S MOTHER

  65. I knew Jessica at middle and high school, was a cheerleader with her when we were freshman and she was in my English class when she was taken from this world far too soon. I find it hard to believe that I live only an hour from where he was arrested. I have been to that Wal-Mart numerous times. I’m in total shock, but so glad that someone has finally been arrested in the case. I am praying for both families. I will continue to watch for updates.

    Krista

  66. Thank u Jessica mother

  67. Go to http://www.thetimesnews.com and scroll down to “suspect hid in plain sight” this issue is dated Monday, April 14th. I pray justice will be served and this family can at last have peace. God Bless you.

  68. I was just telling a friend about Jessica the other day. How we knew each other since Kindergarten(and Mrs. Meeks!) and how she would always come up with the most creative games to play. I remember one day after learning about the hobos who traveled around during the depression she got the grand idea to re-enact it! So we made some sandwiches and put them in handkerchiefs and tied them to sticks. Then we took off down the creek behind her home, singing songs, and having the most innocent fun… I cried when she left us to go to the other Jr. High after Elementary School, and cried even more when she moved to Columbus, but nothing was worse than the loss of her life… She was a beautiful soul and friend… Her smile will always live on in my heart…

  69. Chantal and Marlina and Jess’ other friends. Please feel free to visit the website http://www.freewebs.com/jessicakeen and blog me a message. It would be nice to talk to both of you and hear more memories. Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts.

  70. I met Jessica when I was a freshman and she was a sophmore when we went to cheerleading camp. I didn’t know her well, but remember her being so funny and singing all the time. My mom thought we looked alike. I’ll never forget when we all found out the horrible news. So hard to believe something so horrible could happen to someone we knew, then several years later the death of Doug Carper from Westland too. Such tragedy. I never forgot either of them and March 17 has also been significant in my life as my husband and I met that day (many years ago) and then several years later my daughter was born on March 17. As she turned 10 this year, one determined detective helped to solve Jessica’s case giving her family and friends closure finally. I wish you all peace and most of all justice.

  71. I just finished reading all the other blogs again. I read them almost every day somehow it gives me some peace of mind that Jessi will never be forgotten. to think that just this blog page has shown so much love I can only imagine how much more that hasn’t been able to tell thetr thoughts. Of course I cannot talk of the case until the state bureau of criminal investigation says so. but jamie a. her mother p.,kathy f., the hodges,and all the others who ask me to get in touch I SURE WILL AS SOON AS i can find a way. THANK YOU FOR THINKING OF ME AND MY FAMILY. it sure helps to give strength so that one day soon hopefully the deep empty pain in my heart will go away.
    . you see my girls were my life and when Jessi died I WANTED TOO ALSO but I knew I HAD KEEP PUSHING ON, SEVERAL MORE PAINFUL EVENTS HAPPENED AFTER jessi;s death. And it,s still hard to feel positive and move on with my life. This arrest is sad for his family and hopes of ending my families.. AND TO THE OWNER OF THIS BLOG site, I thankyou for the advice. Over the past 17 years of people being rude by asking negatve questions and remarks. SUCH AS”SHE [jESSI} MUST HAVE BEEN DOING SOMETHING WRONG” OR “this will never happen to my kids” and “Where was I ,why wasn’t I keeping a better eye on her?” these remarks hurt especially when kept asking myself should I HAVE DONE THIS OR MAYBE IF i hadn’t done this or done that…VERY WELL KNOWING IT WAS HER TIME AND ONLY GOD COULD BE THE ANSWER. But I BLAMED MYSELF.. GUILT TURNED INWARD CREATES DEPRESSION AND IT TOOK YEARS MANY TYPES OF DR.S TO HELP ME REALIZE THAT WAS ONLY NORMAL TO FEEL THAT A MOTHER LOSING HER CHILD. I KNOW NOW I CAN ACCEPT JESSI IS IN HEAVEN IT WAS HOW BRUTAL AND SCARED SHE FELT THAT CONTINUES TO GO OVER AND OVER IN MY MIND . I DO WISH TO OFFER SOME ADVICE TO ANYONE WHO HAVE CHILDREN ____-SHOW YOUR CHILDREN ALL YOUR LOVE EVERY DAY TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM WITH AHUG AND SECURITY THAT THEY ARE WORTH LOVING- TAKE TIME TO TALK WITH EVERYDAY ABOUT THEIR THOUGHTS GOOD AND BAD AND MOST OF ALL LISTEN TO THEM …THE ONLY THING I REGRET IS NOT TAKING THE TIME TO SIT DOWN AND TRULY LISTEN ..THEY DEPEND ON YOU TO KNOW YOU CARE AND HAVE INTEREST IN THEM SO THEY CAN GROW WITH CONFIDENCE AND GOODNESS IN THEIR HEARTS AND SOUL…….AGAIN THANK YOU -JESSI’S MOM

  72. DEAR ASHLEY, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR PAIN AND YOUR SON. YOU DESERVE BETTER AND DON’T WORRY I RAISED MY GIRLS PRETTY MUCH ON MY OWN AND I BELEIVE WE GIVE THEM THAT EXTRA LOVE AND ATTENTION HE WILL RESPECT YOU FOR YOUR CHOICE. YOUR LITTLE BABY BOY HAS MANY YEARS AHEAD TO COMREHEND WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT. I AM SURE YOU WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS TOO. IT WILL BE HARD AND YOUR BROKEN HEART AND ALL YOUR FEELINGS WILL CHANGE DAILY. I OFFER A SUGESTION TO SEEK OUT SOME KIND OF HELP . A DOTOR, A GROUP OF PEOPLE CALLED ‘RAISING A CHILD ALONE . I THANK YOU FOR APOLOGIZING YOU OWE ME NONE AND I AM SURE BLOGS OWNER WILL GIVE CEDIT FOR YOUR REPLY. MAY GOD GUIDE YOU IN THE COMING YEARS TRST IN HIM. I DID AND LOOK AFTER 17 YEARS HE ANSWERED MY PRAYERS AND GOT ME THRU THE ROUGH TIMES BEFORE WITH ALL THE PREVIOUS TIMES. TAKE CARE OF THAT BABY…YOU NEVER KNOW YOU MAY MEET SOMEONE TO BE THAT BABIES FATHER AND LOVE AND CHERISH YOU. GOD CLOSES 1 DOOR ONLY TO OPEN ANOTHER. GOOD LUCK AND PLEASE SEARCH SOME HELP TO SHARE YOUR FEELINGS WITH….JESSI IS MY GUARDIAN ANGEL I CAN ALMOST FEEL SHES THEIR FOR ME TO HINT TO GOD HER MOM NEEDS SOME HELP. JESSI’S MOM

  73. Becky, My son and I were a part of your family a long time ago, not to long after this horrible thing accured. I have never stopped praying for your family and have always followed what was going on. I’m so glad that this guy has been caught and I hope and pray for a quick trail/sentencing. I coud never pretend to know what you must have been going through, but now that my son is 15. I can only imagine!!! I hope this brings you some kind of closure and peace. I will continue to pray for your other daughter and you!
    God Bless,
    Ginger

  74. Watch the news, It is now a Capital case, meaning DEATH PENALTY…..This should be about Jessica, not a sight to argue about babies daddies an such….Bonnie, I agree with your policy 100 percent.May justice prevail here. All I can say is DNA doesnt lie….

  75. I was with Jessica’s mom the day they let her know she was missing. We spent the weekend looking for Jessica, jumping at every phone call, praying ,crying, hoping. I was talking to her when they called to tell her they found her body. I was with her through the funeral fighting off the media so she could bury her daughter in peace. I was with Jessica’s mom after the funeral trying to help her regain some normalcy to her life. I would have to literally drag her out of bed some days because she could barely go on living. We spent her birthday that year driving around the Short North passing out flyers trying to find some new leads. We did whatever we could to find her murderer. I saw the pain and anguish Jessica’s mom went through and how it changed her life and all of us around her FOREVER!!! The only peace Jessica’s mom will have now is knowing who killed Jesse – Marvin Lee Smith – and seeing him brought to justice. It has been a long time coming. Marvin had a choice in what he did, Jesse did not. She was an innocent victim. Her blog should be respected for what it is. A testimony to Jessica, her mom and her family.

  76. Jessi’s mom,
    I am sorry for your loss, I can not imagine the hell that you are going through. I am sorry for getting off track here.

    Shaucney
    You were nice :D I sometimes throw class to the side when stupid people act like she does and like you said color doesn’t matter. You have a good heart and it shows on here.

    Quit crying
    Again, I am sorry for being mean.

  77. Marvin Lee Smith Jr. has been indicted and charged with aggravated murder with death penalty specifications; rape; and kidnapping. His bond was set at one million dollars.

    JUSTICE BE DONE!

  78. I’ve been reading the new postings every few days. I’m really disappointed in the negativity. This should be about remembering a young girls life, sharing a virtual shoulder to cry on. There has already been so much pain, why cause anymore? It’s all a matter of respect and I think some people have forgotten what that word means.

    On another note, I’m glad to hear that charges have been filed. He will get his, one way or another. I hope that everyone closest to Jessica is doing well with all of this. I’m sure it brings up a lot of pain all over again. Just hang on and keep your chins up!!! :)

    note from blog owner

    Ami,

    Which posts are you referring to as negative? I have not removed any since you posted this comment, so whatever comments you are talking about should still be here.

  79. I was referring to the previous posts…the bickering. That’s all. Glad it seems to be done with.

  80. Well my heart and prayers go out to the family and I am not here to pass judgement. However, what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? And why arent we investigating the boyfriend? Did we forget that he was having “unlawful conduct with a minor” as the law reads? I do not believe that this man has done this honestly and I hope justice is found, but for the right assailant. I’ve read articles that there were 2 assailants…and why did it take this long for his DNA to all-of-a-sudden “match” the semen at the crime scene. And its unfair that his public defender did not contest that ridiculously excessive bond of a million dollars!!!! thats outrageous especially for someone who is not a recidivist. Think about it. All these racist and devilish comments are being said when you all can and shall be punished for the very thought of what you’re doing (for those who do and dont believe in GOD). I’m just saying, I need to defend him, he’ll definitely get off. You all need to give this man a chance, if he confessed once he’ll confess again obviously. And DNA dont tell the whole story (im an aspiring lawyer, trust I know). Besides if we judged everyone on their past actions, the majority of the US would be assed out! Dont be judgemental its not our job, its His.^^

    Many blessings to all of you and I pray mercy on the assailant’s soul and for those with hateful thoughts.

  81. Aspired Lawyer,

    One million dollars is not excessive bail for a rape/murder case. I see it all the time with similar cases.

    Please remember, as an aspiring lawyer, that you do not know all of the details of this case yet, so please don’t pretend to. And also, this is a place for justice and the victim, not to defend the accused. Jessica’s mother has posted comments here several times and I will not allow anyone to come here and talk about getting the defendant off. This should be about justice, not just trying to win a case. If you are indeed one of Marvin’s lawyers, you should not be here. Saying these things are not ethical and you know it.

    And I am wondering if you really are a law student. Because most people know that some DNA matches take years to surface. Did you think that the DNA from this case was one of the first to be tested, even above current cases? Do you remember that this was a cold case? And that it takes time and money to do this testing? Maybe that is why “suddenly” there was a match. How could there have been a previous match if they were not able to even do the testing before.

    So, who is rushing to judgement?

  82. First of all Im not slandering her Im pointing out the facts and justice is justice whether its for her or for him or both. He may not be the one who actually done it thats all im saying. its just the fact that he is innocent until proven guilty!!! And you have not seen a million dollar bond for a class 3 felony and if you have, point me into that direction. And anyway, if you are not a law student, you dont realize that a simple dot that goes unnoticed is the difference between guilty and innocent in a DNA sample. Maybe someone is just so anxious to be famous and solve her case because the statute of limitations is about to run out on both of the crimes he is accused of that they overlook the simplest things. It has been done too many times, i have seen and heard of people getting the death penalty and finding out 2 days later that they were innocent, but they had DNA to convict them. Dont question my credentials. And as an ASPIRING lawyer, that means that i am NOT his counsel…lets get smart here ok. Obviously he was not the first nor the last to be tested because they ruled out the boyfriend, which i think is ridiculous also. Im not pretending to know the details of the case, Im going by the same info everyone else up here is commenting on, the news and papers and research from archives from 91 on this very case. Justice is not blaming someone for a crime, its finding the right person to accused who actually COMMITTED the crime. As a law student, let me be the one to tell you that the victim has no rights in a trial, the defendant does. and with that name, he deserves to be defended!

    Since you wanna get real with it.

  83. Thank You Aspiring Lawyer!!!! U have made my day!!! =D

  84. and you deserve to be horse whipped for being stupid.

  85. The Real Ashley,
    Keep it real. He’s a murderer. Don’t act like you didn’t read my comments before they were erased.
    Jessica’s mom: God bless you sweet lady. Sorry if I upset you with my comments, but I am all about our precious victims.
    Aspiring (but dumb) lawyer,
    Ok, it’s obvious you’ve been in law school for all of about 3 days. But go ahead. After all, the real ashley does need SOMEONE on her side. And vefore you talk anymore s**t to Bonnie, you may want to do your homework. I wonder what your first case will be. Probably proving that O.J Simpson is really innocent?? Give me a break.

  86. Dont be retarded as you sound Shauncey, this aint about OJ…and if you got ur LLM please stay ur case. But because I know how to be a dayum good lawyer, Im used to public criticisms by now sweet heart. So go ahead and vent. Like I said before, its not about any of you, its about the right thing being done. If he did it then so be it, but he is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. You cant put claim to anything on him because he hasnt even had a trial. Since we so stupid we smart round here….

    note from blog owner
    Aspired lawyer,

    What law school do you attend? If you are really in law school, then there is a problem. You must have flunked English. Please reread at least the first 2 sentences. They do not make sense.

  87. I knew Marvin he was a very good friend of the family. Not once did he harm or try anything with anyone in my household. I know some of you think that he’s a bastard or a killer, honestly I dont know the truth. I do know that the Marvin I know would’ve done that. He was a sweet gentle man that could’ve hurt a fly. For everyone that wrote and said you USED to be his friend then you don’t have a reason to stop now. He never did anythig in Burlington why judge him? We don’t know if he did the act or not. If he did I do believe that he deserves to be punished. I just don’t think it was him. To Jessica’s mother I am so sorry for your lost I just hope you can look deep down into your soul and ask the Lord is this the man. If he sends you the answer then you’ll know. I just think that everyone should sit back wait until everything unfolds. If this man is proven to be innocent then all of you have called him every name in the book and wished death upon him. Thats not very holy of yourselves. If he is innocent then the world has put him through hell and all he’s going to get is a sorry. Like I stated before I knew this man and he would have never did this. But I didnt know him 17 years ago and I don’t know what may have happened. I just letting everyone from Burlington that writes on this Blog and that knows Marvin know that the man you knew is not capable of such a crime. Now if anyone knows anything about his past then please let it be known. GOD BLESS JESSICA’S FAMILY I HOPE YOU ALL CAN GET THROUGH THIS TIME OF GRIEF.

  88. To the “Aspiried Lawer”,

    I would suggest that you “aspire” to be something other than a lawer…but not an English professor!

    Since you know so much about this case, why didn’t you mention that Marvin Lee Smith Jr. was out on bond after being arrested for RAPE and KIDNAPPING when he allegedly committed this crime against Jessica? Did you say something about this man NOT being a recidivist?

    How do you feel about that million dollar bond now?

    Save your money, drop out of law school!

  89. To the “Aspired Lawer”,

    One more thing, there is no statute of limitations on murder…did they forget to print that in your law books?

  90. Well said Nick, I agree totally.

  91. Kudos Nick :D
    Mrs. Candance,
    You knowing him doesn’t mean crap.. No matter how well we think we know someone, no one truly knows anyone.
    A sweet gentle man that would’nt hurt a fly? uh, that is a lie, everyone kills flies.

  92. Beat me to the punch Nick…the “aspired lawyer” must have missed the first day of class as I would think the first thing you learn is that there is no statute of limitations on a murder case. Perhaps more studying and less commenting would be a better course of action?

  93. this is to whom ever feels “I, do not want the true murderer to be the WRONG PERSON….I FEEL FOR YOU AS AN ASPIRED LAWYER. YOU HAVE ONLY BROUGHT MORE PAIN FOR MY FAMILY. YES, I WANT TO STOP SOME OF CONSTANT FEELING THAT I FEEL. YES GOD IS THE ANSWER I BELEIVE IN JESUS SINCE MY PARENTS FIRST TOLD ME WHO HE IS AND CONSTANTLY READ THE BIBLE TO ME. I BELEIVE IN LIVING MY LIFE BY THAT BIBLE PLUS THE GOLDEN RULE. BELEIVE ME THE ONLY TIME I TRIED TO BE ‘famous’ AS YOU SAY WAS WHEN I WAS TRYING TO FIND THE MURDERER. HAVE YOU SEEN ME ON THE NEWS OR NEWS PAPERS? I HAVE NO COMMENT UNTIL THE TRIAL AND ANSWER IS GIVEN.. I STILL PRAY TO GOD TO LET ME KNOW THIS IS THE REAL PERSON. I HAVE ALREADY SAID I DO FEEL AND PRAY FOR HIS LOVED ONES. AND STILL DO . AS FAR AS MARVIN SMITHS “HELL” I AM SURE IT COULD BE NO WORST THEN MINE MY FAMILIES,ESPECIALLY MY JESSICA’S FEAR, PAIN. AND LOSING HER LIFE NOR BEING ABLE TO GROW TO THE AGE OF 51 . IF I SOUND BITTER I AM, SORRY BUT I CAN’T STOP THE ACHE, THE MEMORIES OF HER BRUTAL MURDER LET ALONE SEEING HER GRANDMAS (now dead from a broken heart) NOR HER SISTER WHO KEPT ME ALIVE AND HER GRANDPA WHO IS STILL HELPING ME TO MOVE FORWARD IN MY LIFE…PLEASE STOP ALL THIS HATE. YES YOU ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR OPION BUT PLEASE DON’T BE SO CRUDE AS TO MAKE YOUR OPINION TO INCLUDE THE LEGAL PEOPLE,THE DETECTIVES, ETC AS BEING UNCAPABLE OF THEIR BUSINESS AS THEY STUCK WITH THIS INVESTIGATION FOR 17 YEARS…SOME OF THEM ARE LIKE FAMILY TO US…. BY THE WAY, I WANT THIS TO BE THE RIGHT PERSON.. I DO NOT BELEIVE I WOULD WANT TO LIVE IF IT WAS WRONG BUT I HAVE GOD TO TURN TO SO AS THEY SAY…HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS.. ONE LAST THING… IN B.C. 500 SOCRATES SAID “JUSTICE IS ONLY TRUE AND FAIR WHEN THE PERSON COMMITING THE CRIME RECEIVES THE SAME AS WHAT THE VICTIM RECEIVED. MAY GOD CARRY YOU ALL IN MARVINS FAMILY.

  94. To the Aspired Lawyer,

    While you are daydreaming in law school, pray to your God that you never lose a loved one to violence. Should such a tragedy occur in your life, and you or a family member suddenly become the victim, I wonder what kind of rights you would want for the person(s) responsible? I wonder if you would still believe that the victim has no rights??

    I’m not sure what planet you are from, but a one million dollar bond for a capital murder case is not at all uncommon.

    As previously stated by Nick, do yourself and society a favor and aspire to be something else.

    Yes, I “wanna get real with it”.

  95. LOL everyone please go back and notice what mrs canadance typed….she said could’ve & would’ve done that!i think she ment could not have and would not of.but lol we all know he did and has before,but wont ever again!

  96. LOL I saw that also but I didn’t take time out to comment.. :D

  97. Hello! Jessica’s Mom, I am 15 years old and I have heard about Jessica’s story like my whole life because my Mom and Jessica were friends. Her story has really opened my eyes to the world and has let me see it in a whole new way! When your a child you never think that anything can happen to you because your parents are always keeping you from danger. I guess this story has really opened my eyes b/c I am a lot like Jessica. I have a lot of the same hobbies and love alot of things that Jessica did. I LOVE to sing and I am a cheerleader. I also wanted to be a vet when I was younger. How weired is that. So when my mom told me Jessica’s story it scared me soooo bad b/c it made me realize that things like that do happen. So I have been to Jessica’s grave and where she was murdered. I want you to know you have my deepest sympathy and you and your family is forever and always in my heart! I can’t even imagine how much pain you and your family went through. I will keep you in my prayers and I wish you a better future. It really touched me to know that the killer is behind bars and can no longer hurt anyone else or their family. You are a strong person no matter what anyone else says, they have no idea what you went through unless they went through it their selves. So stay strong and remember that God is and forever will be with you!

    Stay strong!

  98. Beck,
    Just keep your faith girl……….God will put the right man where he belongs. DNA will tell the truth. I really don’t care what anyone else has to say. Everyone needs to keep their ruud remarks to themself. Unless you have gone through this with your own child you would never know how it feels. So I think everyone needs to keep love in their thoughts and hearts if you can’t do that then keep your mouth shut.
    For everyone else I have known Becky and Heather from years ago and they were all a tight family. So lets be nice and loving and Pray that this will end soon. Because they still have to live a life without their little girl and little sister.
    God Bless all and I love you Beck….Hang in there girl. XOXO

  99. lil chick, thank you for writing. i wish i knew who you were i remember so many of jessis friends but i forget names after all these years. thank you for your support,,.. god bless you honey keep up the singing and schooling. be your best and remain happy.. jessi always smiling for others…bythe way jessicas final hearing against the defendent is july 28…hopefully who will read this will be there for as much support as here on the blog, its london ohio-courthouse just west of columbus on old rt. 40.. i’ll let you know later what time.. god bless you and yours. jessi’s mom———

  100. To Jessi’s mom….It’s Kim not sure if you remember me or not but please let me know the time on July 28th and I will be there for support. God bless you.

  101. To Jessica’s mom,

    I never knew Jessica, but I am very familiar with this case because of Gregg Costas, the BCI Agent who has worked on this investigation for several years. I was very happy for both your family and for Gregg when I heard that he finally made an arrest. I am sure that proper justice will be done, and knowing Gregg, he will not rest until this man gets what he deserves. God bless you all, you are all in my prayers.

  102. THANK AND GOD BE WITH YOU ALL THE TIME YOUR SWEET REMARKS HAVE KEPT US POSITIVE, I DIDN;Y KNOW IF I COULD KEEP GOING EVEN YOUR BRIEF REMARKS HAVE GIVEN ME A WHOLE NEW TYPE OF FAITH

  103. KEEP PRAYING.MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF JESSICAS FAMILY.I HAD A COUSIN WHOS BABY AT 4MOS.WENT THROW THE SAMETHING,AND IT IS VERY HARD ON US.WE ARE JUST WAITING ON HIS DEATH.I KNOW WHAT ALL OF U ARE GOING THROW BUT THIS IS NOT AOUT HER.I JUST WANTED U TO KNOW WE SHARE YOUR FEELINGS.GOD BE WITH U!!

  104. Jessi’s mom,
    Just wanted to say hi and let you know that you and your family are thought of often. It’s obvious that Jessica touched a lot of lives and was loved dearly. I hope every day it gets just a little easier for you to cope. God bless.

  105. Jessi’s mom,
    It’s weird because I don’t have a clue what you look like. So, wanna know what I do when I include you in my prayers?? I look at Jessica’s picture, then close my eyes and think about her face, and add 20 years.

  106. The trial is now set for November 20, 2008. All of your support and prayers are greatly appreciated!

  107. So the date of July 28th is moved to November 20th???
    Will people be able to be in the courtroom?
    I have scheduled a vacation day to be there.

    Does anyone know???

  108. Yes, the date has been changed as it could again. It should be an open court. Thanks for the support!

  109. sometime in november is the court date all of jess’s friends and loved ones will come. i will let you know where, when, and what time when i found out. god bless you all and thank you for standing by for jess’s justcice..we have dark blue bracelots that say JUSTICE FOR JESSICA. LET ME KNOW WHO WANTS ONE AND I WILL TRY TO PROVIDE THEM TO YOU .JESSI’S MOM

  110. Jessi’s mom,

    I would love to get one of those bracelets myself. Is there a way? Can you send a photo of it? I would love to post it. What a lovely tribute to Jessi.

  111. i will check on the bracelots asap. give me just a little time..thanks jess’s mom

  112. jesse’s mom,
    I want one!!

  113. i will try to have heather my daughter send a picture she has the euipment to do so. to blog owner and others jess’s mom

  114. owners blog i tried to get your e-mail but my computor refused me entrance because of some default.. the bracelets plain navy blue made of sorta thick rubber with ‘justice for jessica’ engraved on it. hopefully, we can get enough out to all that wants them, before trial so you all can wear them that day hopefully you can come…god bless you jess’s mom

  115. I would love one. Can I email Heather on the other web page /email with my address?

  116. The bracelets are now available!

    Go to ebay and search Justice for Jessica.
    The bracelets were created by someone special as a sign of solidarity and support for justice.

    My family and I want to thank all of you for your continued support and prayers.

    One day soon, justice will be served!!

  117. Thanks for letting us know. I just went in and bought 2 of them. Thank you for having them.

  118. Hi Becky, Happened upon this blog, trying to find your last name. I caught the article in the paper re the arrest in the Carolinas. I hope that you are doing well, and taking care of yourself. I would love to talk with you. I hesitate to put down my phone number, but we are in the phone book.
    Love, Peg

  119. DEAR PEG, ITS BEEN A LOG TIME YOU WERE ALWAYS A GOOD FREIEND TO ME HOPE KARA IS OK AND THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY. HEATHERS BEEN THERE FOR ME USE THIS BLOG FOR NOW I NEED TO REMATN INCOGNJTO FOR THE TRIAL STARTS BUT WE WILL TALK SOON HOPE YOUR HAPPY. GOD BLESS YOU,, LOV, BEC

  120. Becky,
    My prayers are with you and Heather. Girl…Stay strong the day will come soon. I am going to try to be there. Hopefully they will not change the day again. Is there a way I can get ahold of you? Love you and God Bless.

    Kathy

  121. Becky,
    Ed and I are keeping up with the case. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, George and your family. Hope to see you soon.

  122. I was trying to find the bracelets on ebay and I am not finding them. Are they all gone??

  123. The Justice for Jessica bracelets have been relisted on ebay. They will be available until September 17th. You can also contact me or my mom at jessicalynkeen@gmail.com.

    The trial will most likely be sometime after the first of the year. Thank you again for all of your support and encouragement!

  124. Thank you … I just purchased 3! We will be there whenever the trial starts! Your family is in my daily prayers.

  125. My mom would like friends and family to know that they are invited to join us at Sunset Cemetary on ST RT 40 at noon on Jessica’s birthday(September 24th). Hope to see you there.

  126. I’ve got a seat in HELL reserved for Marvin!

  127. Happy Birth Day Jessica!

  128. Happy Birthday Jessica
    article from the Columbus Dispatch
    Justice for Jessica

    http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/09/25/JKEEN.ART_ART_09-25-08_B1_3UBE1GG.html?sid=101

  129. Things have been very quiet down here in North Carolina. Does anyone know if this case is over? If so, what happened?

  130. Marvin L. Smith is currently in jail awaiting trial. The trial has been set for February, 2009.

  131. I met you 11/5/08 in a doctors office that you visited on the wrong day. I haven’t stopped thinking of you and your family since that day. Your story keeps running through my mind as I sit and think of my two daughters 1 whom you met a cheerleader and honor student just as your precious one. My heart goes out to you and you will always be in my prayers. Ifill in my heart that you was supposed to be at that dr’s office on that specific day to meet me and my daughter. Thank you for sharing your story. GOD BLESS YOU

  132. The aggravated murder trial for Marvin Lee Smith Jr. has been moved once again, this time for good. The trial is now set for March 9, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. The trial will take place in Madison County, Ohio.

    Please keep the family, prosecutors and investigators in your prayers.

  133. Happy New Year. A toast to 2009, the year that will bring justice and closure to us all.

    Happy New Year Jess. May God continue to bless your soul. You did not die in vain!

  134. There are so many things I would like to express… But I cant find the words. I miss Jess every day and visit her often. Relief is what I felt when they finally found him but that doesn’t take away the pain. It has made me a stronger person and an overprotective mother which Im sure my daughter doesnt apprieciate just yet. I miss you all and want to be at the trial. I see that it has been changed to March 9. I know all of Jess’ friends want Justice and finally it looks like she will get it.
    Always,
    Nik

  135. Only four weeks to go!
    It is hard to believe that 18 years have passed since Jessica was taken from us all. I know that a murder conviction will not bring my little sister back or even begin to heal the pain and heartache that I feel. It will though, prevent another family or child from experiencing the evil that this man is capable of.

    I pray that we all have justice this March and our faith in humanity is restored.

    Jessica would want us all to embrace life, savor every moment and enjoy our blessings…as she did.

  136. JUSTICE FOR JESSICA

    I am relieved and even excited to announce that Marvin Lee Smith Jr. is scheduled to plead guilty in court this Friday, February 27, 2009.

    He has accepted a deal of 30 years to life in prison for the rape, kidknapping and murder of Jessica Lyn Keen.

    note from blog owner
    This is the best news I have heard today! Thank you for letting us all know. I have my blue bracelet from her mom and I was going to wear it all thru the trial. Thank you!

    Madison County Courthouse, London, Ohio 1:30pm

    We have waited so long for this day. It is truly a gift to Jessica and to us. I hope all of you attend and show the court how many lives Jessica touched in her short 15 years. See you there!!

  137. It’s over!!! Good guys win!

    May Marvin Lee Smith Jr. enjoy his next 30 years in a maximum security prison!!

  138. What a day today was…. A very emotional hearing to say the least and extremely difficult to see the monster that committed the horrific acts that we all heard in detail in the courtroom today.. I however am so thankful that I could be there today as the court delivered justice for a very special person to so many people. Marvin was lucky to have gotten the chance to live his life the last 18 years. Jessica didn’t get that chance, so it is nice to know he will live the rest of his life behind bars and never have the option of being anywhere near Jessica because once he rots where he is now, he can continue doing so far away from Jessica.. in Hell. To Jessica’s family, although there is nothing we can do to bring her back, allow the justice to take a load off and assist in an attempt to gain at least some closure. Allow the memories of a beautiful daughter, sister, grandaughter, friend, etc. to carry you through the rest of your lives until you are able to be with her again in Heaven. Much love, hope, faith and strength to all of you.

  139. Yesterday was a long awaited for day of justice and some closure for my family. I want you all to know that God had his hand in this. He sent us talented, caring, and driven individuals that diligently and persistantly worked to obtain this conviction. The sherriff Jim Sabin, the prosecutors, Amon Costello and Steve Pronai, Carol M., Cindy K., and Gregg C., and also Max L. at BCI lab. My mother also never gave up and was always willing to speak publicly, share information, or do whatever necessary to keep this case in the forefront. I will be forever grateful and indebted to Gregg for caring about this case and my sister enough to actively persue her killer for 12 years. Cindy, the victim’s advocate has been a shoulder to lean on and cry on through the years. My family and I would have never been able to endure these years without her. I am so glad that Jess had great friends around her that loved her and enjoyed her presence as much as we did. Thank you all!!

  140. My family would like to further extend our appreciation to all of the BCI investigators and Madison County detectives that helped with this case along the way, especially Eric S. We recognize your time and dedication. Thanks again!!

  141. I am forever humbled by the strength and endurance of this incredible family. Your words are so kind and gracious. You have no idea how you have moved the lives of so many. I leave this message with respect and admiration for a family that has endured so much. “Justice for Jessica” and all of you….

  142. Jessica was my best friend when she was so violently taken away from us. I was supposed to be with her the night she was reported missing. I was supposed to pick her up from the mall. I waited for her to call, but she never called me to pick her up. Jessica never had that chance because it was taken away from her by Marvin Lee Smith Jr. Now I wish we had made better plans so that she would not have had to go to that bus station. Jessica’s showing and funeral was the very first I had ever been to. Over the years I have often wondered if her killer ever drove by a cemetery and felt guilt for what he did. I prayed that he would see her face in his nightmares. That he would feel the fear and pain that she felt that night.

    I am forever changed by losing Jessica. She was so beautiful and talented, but she never knew it. I attended the hearing last Friday to convict Marvin Lee Smith Jr. It was very hard to look at him, yet I didn’t want to take my eyes off him. I was waiting to see if he would show any emotion at all. The only time I saw any reaction from him at all was when Jessica’s Mom told him there was someone that is with him even now. She said, “Do you feel the heat? Do you feel his presence? Do you smell the sickening odor?” she asked. “He’s right there smiling, standing right behind you. It’s the devil himself, ready to take you.” Marvin Lee Smith Jr just shook his head back and forth as if to say no. I wonder if Marvin Lee Smith Jr. ever thought about his fate before that moment. It makes me feel better knowing that justice will be served here on earth and that someone will be waiting for him on the other side when he dies. I will never forget Jessica!

  143. I don’t know Jessica, but I work with a friend of hers. I remember the stories that this person would tell me about Jessica. I remember the day that Marvin Lee Smith was found. I remember the day that justice was finally served for such a beautiful girl that was taken from her mom, dad and older sister. I read the article that was on the front page of the columbus dispatch. I cried when it said that he sister wishes it was her. I’m sure that the pain will never full go away, but we now know after 18 years that justice for Jessica has now been found.

  144. May the devil now stand over Marvin Lee Smith Jr while he sits in a prison cell.

  145. Gone but not Forgotten!!
    You will always be in my heart Jess. I hope that this justice brings you some peace also. I love you and grieve for all that you would have been. You were an amazing young woman!!
    Rest in Peace now, Your sister forever!!

  146. This has become a kind of memorial to Jess. On occasion I read it to remember this last year and also read the comments from all of those whose lives she touched.

    I know that justice has been served, but it still seems so unbelievably senseless. I guess I will never have an understanding of why. I do know that Jessica certainly is in a better place and used her time here to touch others and inspire them. Love you Jess!!

  147. To all of Jessica’s friends and family,

    Jessica’s birthday is next week. If anyone is interested or would like to see my mom, we are planning on meeting at the cemetary at 6pm the following day, Friday September 25th. My email is jessicalynkeen@gmail.com

  148. Happy Birthday Jess!

    Friends and Family,
    We will not be meeting at the cemetary at any certain time Friday due to an illness. You are all in our thoughts and prayers though as I know we all miss Jessica and remember her on this day.

  149. I Remember Jessica very well.Seeing her picture still brings tears to my eyes.I will always remember her for the tutoring help she gave me in Spanish.She was such a sweet caring person.I’m over joyed by the fact that she can now rest in piece since her murderer has been caught!Jessica will never be forgotten in my eyes!!

  150. I cant believe I have spent as many years without my little sister as I have with her. I lost my best friend nineteen years ago on this Sunday.

    I miss her laughter, her smile, her voice, her kindness. I miss how irritable she could be in the morning, how protective she was of my mom, how gentle she was with animals, how strong and confident she could be, how she gave everything her all, allowed herself to try and fail at times, how excitable and full of life she could be. How she sang in the shower, not a hint of embarrassment. And it was beautiful!
    I miss her dearly, my friend, my happiness, my sister, ……………

  151. THIS IS THE DAY JESSI WAS FOUND MURDERED 19 YEARS AGO AND I ALSO THINK OF HOW JESSI SISTER , HEATHER WAS THE SAME AGE. MY HEART STILL ACHES FOR HER, MY MIND STILL SEEMS TO RUN IN CIRCLES OVER AND OVER AGAIN WITH QUESTIONS WITH NO ANSWERS. ISTILL TRY TO PUT IT IN THE PAST BUT IT DOESN’T WORK I PRAY TO GOD TO GIVE ME THE STRENGTH TO CONTINUE ON WITH SOME KIND OF PEACE TO SHARE WITH THOSE I LOVE . ESPECIALLY MY BEAUTIFUL GRANDSONS. I ASK GOD TO SCAR THESE WOUNDS SO THAT I MAY PORTRAY SOME HAPPINESS TO THOSE WHO NEED TO LIVE A PLEASANT LIFE. YOU SEE, THEY WANT ME TO BE HAPPY AGAIN AND I AM WITH THEM BUT AT TIMES I JUST DON’T KNOW IF THIS HOLE IN MY HEART WILL EVER BE RESTORED UNTIL I SEE MY JESSI AGAIN. AND I FEAR FOR MORE PAIN BECAUSE I NEED MY OTHER DAUGHTER EVEN MORE . SHE HAS SAVED WHAT LITTLE DESIRE IHAVE LEFT TO KEEP PUSHING ON… WITHOUT HER AND MY FATHER I WONDER WHERE I MIGHT HAVE BEEN NOW.. TOO BAD TO THINK OF. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND GOD HOLDS ME NEAR AS I PRAY TO TRY AND RETURN THE LOVE THE GOODNESS THE UNDERSTANDING AND THE APPRECIATION THEY DESERVE.. TIME DOES NOT HEAL ALL WOUNDS THE YOU ARE ONLY PUT ON HOLD UNTIL YOU CAN RETURN TO THEM. AT LEAST I CAN SAY GOD DID ANSWER MY MOMS PLEAS AS WELL AS ALL JESSI’S LOVED ONES THE MURDERER IS WHERE HE BELONGS. LOVE YA JESS !!!!!!

    • Jess’s Mom,

      Do I have the wrong date for her murder? I show 3/17/1991, but according to your comments, she would have been murdered 3/15 or 3/16. I want to make sure i have the correct information.

  152. Jessica was actually found on the 17th, her death certificate is dated the 16th, yet she was probably murdered on the 15th.

  153. Happy Easter!! Jessica loved this time of year. Her favorite candy was peeps and reeses peanut butter chocolate eggs. Bless you all!

  154. To Jessica’s Family,
    God Bless You!
    My brother is Gregg Costas. I watched the show about Jessica tonight and cried through the entire thing. I remember when I spent a weekend with Gregg almost 17 yrs ago. He told me he would never rest until he solved this case. He has said wonderful things about your family. Jessica was a beautiful girl, now an angel. I am very proud of Gregg and knew he would find that piece of garbage who killed your beautiful girl. I know no words or solving this crime will bring you peace, but I will continue to pray that God’s arms will somehow comfort you.

  155. Cindi, Your brother has been invaluable to our family. The way that he investigated this over the years with such drive, was comforting to us. We knew that everything that could be done to solve this case and bring Jessica justice would be carried out. I hoped for years that we would find answers, for ourselves and Gregg. I know that he put his heart into this as well. We are forever grateful and feel lucky to have had such an excellent detective and friend.

  156. Merry Christmas to all of Jessica’s extended friends and family!! Thanks for all the support over the years. Missing you today Jess. From your Sis

  157. Well, twenty years and a lifetime later, I still miss my beautiful little sister. I am so grateful though to have had her in my life for a short time. She will always be in my heart! Thank you all for remembering her and allowing her spirit to inspire good in your own lives. I was never able to hug her goodbye but I know she feels it from my soul to hers. And as far as justice, 3 years and counting!!!

  158. Dear Heather,
    3 years and counting!!! She sees and feels your every thought and movement, she is your angel! The bible has verses about Jesus hugging us when we hurt, you are being hugged by Jessica every day. You were not able to hug her goodbye because she didn’t say goodbye,,, she said “see ya.” (((HUGS FOR HEATHER)))
    In Christ,
    Cindi

  159. Cindy, thank you so much for your kind words. I do feel her with me every day. I have been so surprised how stice has relieved so much of the pain in my heart. Thanks, as always, to your brother!
    God Bless you,
    Heather

  160. I was looking through my moms yearbook and found a page dedicated to Jessica. I kept asking my mom about her and she finally told me what happened. I almost wanted to cry because this is just a horrible thing to hear. I don’t think my mother and Jessica were close friends but she told me that she was a very nice girl. I hope your family is doing well and best wishes to you all.

  161. Hi Kellie, Thank you so much for the kind words. Jessica was a very special young woman that left a spirit and message behind. Treasure your loved ones, and savor every moment as she did. God Bless You!
    Heather

  162. To my sister,
    I miss you deeply even to this day. i am certain you are in a better place, yet can’t let go of all that you were denied in this life. I pray that i make you proud. Missing you! Your sis, Heather

  163. Merry Christmas Jessica !! To all of her friends/family, Please cherish every moment with your loved ones today and every day.

  164. Investigation Discovery Channel, On the Case with Paula Zahn is airing Jessica’s story tonite at 10pm.

    • I’m watching the case now. That bastard !!!! My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jessica Keen.

  165. I knew if I Googled her name, I would find wonderfull and loving comments about her. Of course I never knew her, its still very heartbreaking. Take care and be safe.

  166. i grew up next door to marvin smith grensboro nc .woman from our city was murderd he moved the next day.i allways suspected him.they should check his dna for more unsolved cases.

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