SHERMAN, N.Y. - Rose Jafarjian Billquist is missed by so many in Chautauqua County. The loving wife, avid runner was shot and killed the day before Thanksgiving by a hunter who mistook her for a deer.
She was shot about 100 yards behind her Armenian Road home in Sherman. Jafarjian was out walking the family's two dogs when the accident happened. Thomas Jadlowski, 34, also from Sherman was the hunter who heard a scream and ran to help Rose.
The Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson said it's a good thing the hunter rushed to help the victim, "but we'll consider the conduct that led to the result, not the reaction of people afterward."
The case is likely headed to a county grand jury. It will not be a case for the local town court. Swanson said, "with a case like this you want to fully investigate the scene, usually there's distances, measurement sightlines that are all important because of the nature of the case."
The District Attorney grew up in Sherman, in fact, he admits knowing both the families involved in this tragedy. He will not recuse himself from the case saying "I don't know either party well enough to have a strong feeling one way or the other."
Jamie Billquist is remaining strong thanks to the overwhelming support of friends, family and strangers. He met his wife 27-years ago at the Chautauqua Mall.
He recalls the day of the shooting starting off as great. "I tell her I love you multiple times a day." With a smile on his face while dealing with the grief, he said "I would never expect this, obviously I would never want anybody to go through this, what we're going through. Knowing her she would want.me to be strong."
The family lives in a home where his wife grew up.
"The main thing I want everybody to know is that she touched so many lives, she was such a sweet woman."
Jafarjian Billquist was an avid marathon runner who worked at WCA Hospital.