Shock, Anger, Despair

January 11, 2012
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The senseless murder of 20 year-old Jessica Cormier, a beautiful, young Everett girl with her life stretching before her like an endless dream has galvanized the good people of this city who knew her.

Her wake from the Smith Funeral Home in Chelsea earlier this week was mobbed with hundreds of her Everett friends, family and acquaintances. Almost to a person it was agreed – Jessica Cormier was a good person, a wonderful daughter and a great friend to all.

Her stabbing death at her home by a man from Chelsea has caused shock and reverberations throughout the city. Many, many people have been left to wonder how such a ghastly end could befall so lovely a person as Jessica Cormier.

She was a 2009 graduate of Everett High School, an honors student with A’s and B’s, according to Superintendent of Schools Fred Foresteire.

“I am first of all shocked that something like this could happen in Everett on Jessica’s front porch. It is mind-boggling. It is sad because she had something to offer to the world. “She was so well liked that where she worked, her colleagues closed the store in her honor on the day she was buried. That says it all,” Foresteire added.

Good police work led to the arrest of her assailant, Clarence Earl Berry, 59. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 9.

“This is a horrific and senseless case in which we allege that the defendant fatally stabbed the young victim numerous times, causing her death,” District Attorney Gerard Leone said. “Our thoughts are with Jessica’s family, who have lost a young woman dearly beloved by her family and friends.”

Indeed.

All our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jessica Cormier.

We know the depths of their depression and despair.

Our condolences to the family and friends of Jessica Cormier.