Oct 22, 2015 11:25 AM

Could Eve Tarmey's death have been prevented? Rochester community says there were warning signs

ROCHESTER - Eve Tarmey, 17, was found dead in a motel room that she was sharing with her mother and her mother's boyfriend early Saturday morning.

Police are awaiting a toxicology report but said initially that a drug overdose is suspected.

Meanwhile, information surfaced that her mother was advertising her services as an escort on the classifieds site “Backpage.”

Tarmey was born and grew up in Rochester, and many people in the community knew the teen, her family and the tragedy of her circumstances.

As people across the state ask the question "why," these people spoke up in Facebook posts to NH1 News, sharing their anger, grief and frustration over the failure of family and community to intervene before it was too late.

This is Eve Tarmey.

The Rochester community took the news of her pretty hard. Blaming the system, the motel and her family.

Photos, reportedly of Eve's mother Jazzmyn Rood, appeared in an ad on and raised questions for many about Eve's home life.

Others raised question about what the school could or should have done to help Eve.

People started blasting the Riviera Motel - where Eve was found dead - and questioned why the motel, which already had a seedy reputation, was allowed to continue to serve as a hotspot for drugs and prostitution. Rochester police have said they were called to motel after complaints about drugs and prostitution.

Others say the real culprit is not any person or institution but heroin, a drug that's taken a particularly heavy toll in the city of Rochester.

For now, the community is trying to remember Eve in a positive light, wondering why this had to happen in the first place.

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