Donations Sought for Devastated Father of Murdered Teenage Girl
In the early morning hours of March 17, 2012, single parent Stephen Tully’s only child, 17-year old Jasmyn Tully, was murdered in her sleep by another teenager in Tukwila, where she was spending the night with a friend (read our coverage of that here).
Jasmyn had attended Burien’s Highline High School, and was most recently a student at South Seattle Community College.
The suspect, Kolby Jordan Clark, has confessed to the murder. Witnesses have stated that Clark told them he “felt an urge to hurt someone,” but in spite of his confession, it appears that the trial may not take place for a year.
Jasmyn’s Father, Steve, is not only devastated, but is also now struggling with homelessness, often having to resort to sleeping in his truck.
“Steve and his brother owned a successful construction business for 12 years building new houses and when the housing crisis hit, the business went under,” said family friend Susan Fortier-Kelley. “He has been trying to work construction jobs but wasn’t making enough to get by and he lost his house about seven months ago.”
Jasmyn, his 17-year old, had finally got back on track after falling in with the wrong crowd. She had been attending private school and was doing well but because of finances she ended up at Highline High School which is when things began to get rough. Last year she finally ended up at The South Seattle Community College high school diploma program and after receiving 4.0 grades she received an award from The King County Prosecutor’s Office for her achievement and turning her life around – she was quite proud.
Steve is devastated, to say the least. Jasmyn was his only child and Steve was Jasmyn’s only parent; Jasmyn’s mother died about nine years ago. He’s been staying with friends and sleeping in his truck with his two dogs Ezzy (a purebred Shiba Inu) and Luna (Husky/Shepard mix). He shouldn’t have to be dealing with the stress of homelessness on top of grieving the loss of his daughter AND facing a long drawn out court battle which is quite possible.
Any person who knows Steve will tell you what a great guy he is; he’s generous to a fault, extremely intelligent, fun to be around and has the kind of dry/witty humor that will have you laughing ’til your gut hurts. We’ve all been doing what we can to help but the donations are coming in at a snail’s pace.
We have set up her memorial Facebook Page that includes the information about where to send funds and to sign the petition to change the name of the Burien Skate Park to The Jasmyn Tully Memorial Skate Park.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
To help Steve Tully out during this difficult time, you can donate online here: http://goo.gl/jGq52
Friends and family members are also petitioning the City of Burien to change the name of the Burien Skate Park to “The Jasmyn Tully Memorial Park.” To show your support for this idea, you can sign a petition at: http://signon.org/sign/change-the-name-of-the?source=c.url&r_by=4115477