FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ — Every day, Asia Hester took the lengthy journey from Bridgeton to Jefferson Well being Care in Washington Township to take care of the sick and aged. She got here to America from Kingston, Jamaica, to pursue a profession in well being care, and he or she did not miss a beat throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“Asia actually had a coronary heart of gold,” Nurse Tiffany Kowalchick, one in every of Hester’s co-workers, informed Patch in an e mail. “Asia would notify us (her coworkers) if she observed a decline in somebody’s situation or felt that somebody could also be in peril by performing uncommon or seeing adjustments of their vitals (a precursor to hazard comparable to sepsis, coronary heart assaults, coding, stroke, and so on). She wasn’t only a coworker although, she was a part of our healthcare household.
Now, the Jefferson household and Hester’s family and friends are mourning the lack of her life, one in every of two individuals who have been killed in what has been labelled a “mass taking pictures” in Cumberland County that occurred over the weekend.
Hester was a Affected person Care Tech at Jefferson Well being’s Washington Township campus, based on a press release from the well being care system.
“Asia was a really exhausting employee and took nice care of our sufferers. She actually lived our values,” Jefferson Well being MS-1 Nurse Supervisor Vibette Robles mentioned. “When she was working, I knew our sufferers have been effectively cared for. She had a candy character, and everybody favored her.”
The Kingston, Jamaica native graduated from Rowan Faculty of South Jersey’s Cumberland Campus, based on her Fb account. She started working at Jefferson Well being in November 2017.
“It is a gorgeous loss for the Jefferson household, and we ship our condolences and prayers to her household throughout this devastating time,” the well being care system mentioned within the assertion.
Their ideas have been echoed by an outpouring of tributes that have been posted to social media:
“Mindless is what it’s,” one buddy wrote of Hester’s demise on social media. “I’ll by no means be capable to determine what makes an individual blindly squeeze the set off of a gun and kill folks they did not imply to kill.”
“I am so unhappy to listen to this information. Asia, I’ve watched you develop up and turn out to be an exquisite younger lady inside and outside! I am so sorry this loopy particular person took your life away. Could he get what’s coming to him. God has one other plan for you. Praying for your loved ones. Additionally sending condolences to the younger man’s household who was killed too and therapeutic Prayers for everybody injured.”
“Asia was my pupil. She was simply candy and sort. I’m heartbroken for her household. Praying exhausting this sort of violence stops!”
“So sorry your life was taken so tragically could you RIP stunning.”
“RIP such an exquisite lady so unhappy my condolences to the household of all of the victims on this mindless taking pictures.”
“Heaven could not look forward to you, Asia Hester.”
Much less is thought about Elliott’s background, however one buddy described him to the New York Submit as “a very good child who’d made his peace with life and had bother with no one. He confirmed as much as a celebration to have a good time a contented event, and ended up useless. I am unable to make sense of it.”
The opposite 12 victims — one in every of whom was in crucial situation — vary in age from 19 to 35, authorities mentioned. Some who suffered minor accidents have already been launched from the hospital.
The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Workplace mentioned Kevin Okay. Dawkins, 36, of Bridgeton was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a weapon and different gun costs in reference to Saturday evening’s incident. He has been lodged within the Cumberland County Jail awaiting a pre-trial detention listening to.
Authorities anticipate different arrests to be made within the incident. Anybody with data is requested to name the New Jersey State Police Bridgeton Station at 856-451-0101 or submit a tip through the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Workplace tip web site at www.njccpo.org/ideas. Nameless ideas are welcome.