One life lost, nine others saved

Jesika Skelton's survivors hope lessons taught by death won't be forgotten.
Zoe Greszler
Mar 12, 2013

Jesika Skelton was described as a "loud, perky, stubborn and very blunt" young woman who was "always willing to do so something for someone."

Skelton died a year ago Monday at age 20, having suffered a fatal overdose from drugs smuggled into the Huron County Jail, where she had been serving time.

Family and friends gathered Saturday evening in front of the Huron County Sheriff's Office for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Skelton. Her mother, Christina Zapata, discussed her daughter's death, accomplishments and legacy -- including organ donations that helped save nine lives.

A feature story about the event was published on the front page of Tuesday's Reflector. To read the story, pick up a copy of that issue of the Reflector or subscribe to the e-paper (a complete digital replica of the issue) for less than $1 per week and read it now.

Comments

2008HD

WOW good P R on behalf Dane Howard in reference the candlelight for Jesika Skelton. Howard didn't even have the common courtesy or compassion to show his face or give his condolence to her family and siblings. If the S.O. did their job during an inmate intake-(pat down), Jesika would still be alive. Here this young lady SAVE 8 other lives as an organ donor. Way to go Dane!!!!!

starryeyes83

She would of got ahold of drugs another way.

Zoepoet88

Jesika was a great friend of mine and it's very rude to judge people the way some of the people comment here. she was an amazing individual. When you grow up in difficult situations in life you find you make mistakes. Life isn't perfect. People aren't perfect. This is tribute story not a place for people to make rude comments about her.

onegirlarmy

R.I.P Jes

happyfeet64

We miss you, Jes R.I.P. !!

happyfeet64

We miss you, Jes R.I.P. !!

Simple Enough II

So folks wish to remember her as the sweet person they say she was and not the person who stole from people (Convicted), violated probation and abused drugs (fact and documented). Maybe the sheriff and his people had the good sense to stay away as it sounds like some folks want to blame someone else other than Jesika for what happen. Denial about personal responsibility seems to be the common mantra these days. Maybe the cycle has been broken instead, tragic, yet broken all the same.

pittysakes

I really wish people would stop blaming the S.O. or Dane for this accident. drugs was something she chose to do, and EVERYONE knows what drugs can do. If Dane would of shown of his face, I'm sure some of you would've had comments like why was Dane even there, He doesn't care... he's just doing it to make himself look good. So someone, somewhere.... is going to be mad at whatever takes place. What needs to be happening, is people need to stop throwing stones, only Jes was in control of what she did, as sad it is... I pray for her family and friends that they can find peace and hopefully people can stop the hateful comments and everyone can just learn from this.

Dusty

Not to be mean but I wouldn't think they would be able to use the organs of a person that died of a overdose.

pittysakes

maybe eyes... or skin graph?

Dusty

According to the story I was thinking "Life Saving" organs. Heart, Liver, Lungs and such. Regardless if any good came of it thats OK with me.

Demented_Dreamer90

I don't understand even a YEAR LATER people are bashing her, she was an amazing individual whom as well as everyone else has their flaws. That vigil was in remembrance of her life, what she brought to everyone she came into contact with. Unfortunate for some users on here they never had the immense pleasure of meeting Jesika. I want everyone to remember when you come into Norwalk it says on our sign that 'this is a kids place', that is wrong this hasn't been a kids place for years. I am able to say this with good mind that 1 out of every 3 people in this city you see is an addict of some sorts or is a dealer. This vigil should be looked at as well as an awareness for what is really going on in this city, county, state and country rather than people commenting on how 'we were blissfully naive' we were, she was an adult period and beyond her flaws with drugs she was an amazingly great young woman. I knew her for years, I've seen her grown and become the person she was, she was a down a$$ person so if you call that a 'thief, druggy, useless person (from which it seems it is being applied)' then so be it but she to everyone she came into contact with was an amazing person whom left an everlasting impression on. With that said can you say with good mind people would do this for you? Do you leave an everlasting impression on people you come into contact with? If not take some lessons from Tina and her family about Jesika, always remember if your hands aren't clean you have no rights nor place to judge another.

1smartcookie

Yes she left a lasting impression on her victim as well. Everytime she looks at the ring her POLICE OFFICER husband put on her hand to symbolize love and marraige she will forever remember ..... the horrific events that followed two weeks after her husbands death. Jessica knew it was stolen, lied to the police about having it, swallowed it trying to hide it when she was confronted about it. then sifted thru her own feces to retrieve it. YEP: lasting impression alright. amazing indiviual, i think not Much Respect for Dane Howard NOT SHOWING !!!

Simple Enough II

Thanks 1SmartCookie, I would have liked to say that. Didn't know whom the ring belonged to nor the history behind it.

SaraMac

Aren't you the great friend that defended the mom up in Norwalk that her baby was beaten??? NOW you're here defending a person that stole from a widow, lied, danced around in HCJ high as a kite, and then overdosed on stolen (not to mention how the dope got INTO the jail) drugs??? Wow!! You are an imbecile!

rickross2

That really sucks that Dane Howard held her down and forced her to swallow those pills and then didnt even show up at her vigil!!

rickross2

If my memory serves me correct wasn't she there doing missionary for her church?

DiamondGirl

Did people forget her crime was committed against a " COPS WIDOW" ???? I would hope no officer of the law would show to this event.

1smartcookie

Thanks Diamond Girl for not forgetting why she was in jail in the first place.

Uputwhatwhere7

Hmmm. So it was everyone else's fault she was in jail for stealing from a recently widowed woman. It was everyone else's fault that she took drugs. It was everyone else's fault that she overdosed? Wow. Sorry don't think so. Stop acting like she is some sort of hero. She hurt too many people to do that. I think it was all karma if you ask me. Rest in peace Bill.

Simple Enough II

Isn't that the common theme anymore? It's not my fault I was on drugs...

AlterEgo

If only the sherrif would do his job there would be no drugs in the entrie county, there would be no drunk drivers, crime would be non-existent, and there would be world peace....thanks for sitting on the job Dane. All the problems of the county are your fault.....

starryeyes83

Yep, taking drugs some other fool was hiding in her vj it's amazing all right.... No town is a kids' town where you've got people like this just doing drugs all over and then alas, trying to intice the younger kids to do because "once won't hurt you" , then people in general do that crap everyday. NOt to mention all the robberies and thefts.

That's why so many syringes are being found in streets and sidewalks all over the many towns in this area. Read the blotters from the other towns .

Amazing , isn't it?

Zoepoet88

Excuse me but why do you people keep bashing my friend. She's made mistakes in her life okay. Stop. I'm sure when you make a mistake you wouldn't want people broadcasting and bashing your every fault online. This was a tribute to the life she lived. Everyone walks a different path but until you have walked in her shoes stop judging her.

ladydye_5

Tribute to the life she lived? What part? The stealing? The drugs? The doing drugs IN JAIL? I would not walk in her shoes. I was taught that stealing is wrong and drugs are bad. Yes I do agree the newspaper could quit giving her so much fame for a life of crime.

Uputwhatwhere7

Yeah. She lived a great life doin drugs and stealing from people and now you want us all to feel sorry for her and pity her? Don't think so. Karma is a bi!ch and she got hers. Maybe if she were a person that helped others instead of hurting them and breaking people's hearts even more than what it has already been broken after losing a husband we would feel sorry for her. Yeah, I would have attended a candle light vigil for someone that lost their life tragically for no fault of their own. Not for a stoned out thief though.

starryeyes83

Apparently you don't know the true definition of "mistake" . Walking in down a drug addicted path is like loading a gun...I CHOSE not to do that years ago.

dreverythingbalright

you gave tribute to the life she lived. she made mistakes ? She was a felon who's been in and out of juvy since she was 13. She hit the big time and robbed a cop's widow. She actually wore the stolen ring to visit her probation officer. Mistake after mistake after mistake. She took drugs, which lead to her hooking up with Kyle McConnel ( scum bag low life ) she robbed this poor lady, which landed her in jail, where so took more drugs, which caused her death. what a great life ! Zoepoet88 your chioce of friends sucks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I have a feeling you're the same caliber of person

dreverythingbalright

Can we hold a vigil for the widow ? SHE'S THE REAL VICTIM HERE.

Zoepoet88

She got receiving stolen property. She didn't actually steal the item someone gave it to her if she would have known it was stolen she would hadn't taken it. You really don't know her.

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