Nov 12, 2015 7:52 PM
ROCHESTER - Family of the 17-year-old Spaulding High student who died of a drug overdose is speaking out, calling the three arrests in connection to her death a glimpse at justice.
Evangelique "Eve" Tarmey was found dead in a Rochester motel room on Oct. 17. Authorities said Thursday that an autopsy showed fentanyl was in her body when she died. Her death was ruled accidental.
“Everyone liked her and stuff," said 9-year-old Isis Douglas, Tarmey's half-sister. "People were really upset.”
Isis and her older sister, Aleiah, 14, both share the same mother with Tarmey: Jazzmyn Rood.
Rood, along with her boyfriend, Mark Ross, and another acquaintance, Leslie Aberle, are facing multiple charges in connection to the teen's death.
But it's Tarmey's life and her avid display of care and compassion that the two half-sisters said have gotten them through the emotional struggle.
"Eve was just really kind, and she cared about everyone," said Aleiah Douglas. "She always put others before herself.”
Aleiah said when she learned her older sibling had died due to drugs, her world was turned upside down.
"It’s just kind of mind-blowing I guess," she said. "Never thought it was going to lead to this.”
According to her family, Tarmey's death was the result of a personal battle she fought for years.
“It was a clear addiction," said Larry Douglas, who helped raise Tarmey for more than a decade.
Douglas, also a former boyfriend of Jazzmyn Rood, said he is happy to see that charges have been filed.
He also said he can't help but put blame on the people staying at the motel room where Tarmey died, claiming the adults in the young girl's life failed her.
“A child is never at fault. The parents around them always are," Douglas said. “I didn’t want the adults involved to be able to walk away from this unscathed. They need to carry some of this with them for the rest of their days.”
The 3 people charged in connection to Tarmey's death are scheduled to be arraigned Friday. Relatives said it's the first steps in their reach for a little bit of closure.
"I’m happy that she gets to rest in peace," Aleiah Douglas said.
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