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Friends, teachers remember Stockrahm

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jennifer Stockrahm
Former Northview High School guidance counselor Bob Lancaster remembers Jennifer Stockrahm as a "vibrant young lady."

"She was full of life," Lancaster told The Brazil Times. "She always had a smile on her face. She was smart. She was pretty. She was just the really outgoing type."

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, was not an anniversary, but rather, a day of solace.

A day of remembrance.

Sunday marked 15 years since the shocking death of the 1993 Northview graduate.

"It was just a tragedy when I found out about her death," Lancaster said recently. "She had such a zest for life. It's almost sad to say, but she was a live wire. She was always on the go, at a quick pace. She was not a shrinking violet at all."

On Feb. 12, 1997, county residents were shocked to learn about the death of Stockrahm. Only 21 at the time, she was found burned in her vehicle.

An autopsy report eventually concluded she received a gunshot wound to the chest and was either placed in the vehicle prior to the fire or was killed inside the vehicle.

Brazil City Police Chief Clint McQueen and Brazil City Fire Department Chief Jake Bennett both went to school with Jennifer.

All three went to elementary school together. Both McQueen and Bennett had fond memories of Jennifer.

"She was always outgoing," McQueen said. "She was very friendly, just a good person."

"I remember her being friendly," Bennett added. "She was very happy."

McQueen said he also saw her on campus from time to time when both attended Indiana State University.

In fact, he was in a criminal justice class when he heard she had died.

"I was just so shocked," McQueen said. "I was saddened at the time. It was unbelievable. It was a rough time in a lot of people's lives."

Bennett was on duty at the fire department the evening the call came in regarding the vehicle fire in Harmony.

"They dispatched our department and they dispatched Van Buren," Bennett said. "There may have been some confusion on the call. Once they determined it was in Harmony, we were disregarded and went back to the station.

"But I was shocked. When I think about her, I picture her smile. It devastated a lot of people."

While she was a student at Northview, Jennifer took part in what was then known as Future Homemakers of America, Spanish Club, the Sunshine Society and the Pep Club. She was also a wrestlerette and a trackette.

NHS Government teacher Tony Trout remembers Jennifer as being a "very good student."

"She was one of those students who always sat in the front of the class," Trout said. "She was always very friendly. She used to sit right in the front row.

"It was very surprising to me when it did happen."

NHS Family and Consumer Science Teacher Joanna Connors echoed Trout's sentiments.

"She was very pleasant," Connors said. "Very polite and very much liked. She had a good sense of humor. I always got a smile from Jennifer.

"I don't think she had any enemies. She was very active, very bubbly."

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-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sun, Feb 12, 2012, at 7:57 PM

I remember Jennifer very well. Her mother was a fine lady who did not deserve to live her remaining days on Earth never finding justice for her daughter.

-- Posted by steve47834 on Mon, Feb 13, 2012, at 9:05 PM

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