Friends of Augusta County native Jordan Peters Skaggs are remembering her life.
She was shot and killed Sunday at her home in Onslow County, North Carolina. Her husband, Christopher Skaggs, a Marine, is charged with murder and behind bars in Onslow. But her death has people mourning throughout the Shenandoah Valley, where she spent her childhood.
Police believe Christopher shot his wife twice in a rage Sunday evening while the couple's three children were just down the street at a neighbor’s house. Much of the family is in North Carolina figuring out where to go from here, but back in Augusta, Jordan's best friend from childhood, Jenna Beam, is remembering the person she knew. “Very, very wonderful person. Had a huge heart. I mean, she was funny. She was very funny,” Jenna said.
Jenna has spent the last few days grieving, ever since she got the news at work Monday.
“The kids do know what happened and it's devastating. It's sad because three beautiful babies have to grow up without a mom now,” she said.
The news is hitting hard in Augusta County too. Jordan and Jenna met at Stewart Middle School, and went on to graduate from Fort Defiance High School in 2001. “We basically lived every weekend together. I went to Disneyworld with her family, she went to Water Country, Busch Gardens with me,” Jenna said.
School leaders at Fort Defiance say Jordan will likely be remembered on a wall just down the road from the campus that lists names of graduates who have died. Meanwhile Jenna's already set up a scholarship fund in her friend's name.
And through email to Jenna, Jordan's parents have a few things they want people to remember about their daughter “She loved the mountains and taking the kids on hikes during their trips home to Virginia.”
Jordan and Christopher had been married for six years.
Christopher Skaggs is being held without bond.
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