Coworkers of Brenda Perry at the Gallup Hill School described her as "proud momma" and a capable and friendly addition to the staff.
Perry had just been hired in January as a paraprofessional and although she was new to the staff, in fact some had not yet met her, she was all they could think of Wednesday after hearing news that her two young sons were shot and killed Tuesday afternoon.
The staff quickly mobilized and announced to parents that day that they are collecting money for the family.
"It's such heartbreaking news," said one of Perry's co-workers. "I can't imagine what she's going through and we just wanted to do anything to help."
Brenda and Jeremy Perry married in 2010, according to Brenda's Facebook page and their first son, Alton, was born in 2011 and their second son, Ashton, was born in 2012.
The boys' grandmother, Debra Denison, of Stonington, picked up the two boys from daycare and was supposed to deliver them back home where family was gathered to celebrate Alton's second birthday.
Something went terribly wrong. Denison did not bring the boys home and an amber alert was issued around 7 p.m Tuesday. Late that night, the public learned that
The double murder-suicide reignited the debates surrounding mental illness and gun control while the Perrys, their family and friends are left to pick up the pieces.
Perry's co-workers and friends at Ledyard's Gallup Hill School are hoping to make that process just a little bit easier this month by collecting monetary donations on the family's behalf. Contact the school for more information at 860-536-9477.