Sadness, shock, and despair pouring in online, as news spread about the tragic shooting death of three young people in Jupiter.
Sean Henry, 25, was an active member of the Jupiter First Church. He had just gotten back from a mission trip in Haiti building homes.
On Facebook, a friend paid tribute by saying, "Sean Henry talked to you like you were the only person in the room."
News of the shooting was especially shocking to Eric Peterson, who said he knew Henry from high school. Peterson said Henry was the type of guy to defuse a situation and was very non-confrontational.
Now Peterson and his friends are focused on remembering the good times they had with Henry.
“We’re not super concerned with finding the guy [who shot him] and all that. We just really want Sean back, but we can’t. It’s just the smile that everybody’s going to miss,” Peterson explained.
NewsChannel 5’s Charlie Keegan knew Henry. The two played on the same team in a sports league in West Palm Beach. Keegan said he lost touch with Henry once the league ended, but remembers his smile.
“He was always happy and easy-going,” said Keegan. “You could tell he was genuinely interested in your well being and the things that interested you.”
Brandi El-Salhy, 24, said on her Facebook page that she was a Jupiter native living in Gainesville.
A friend said "your heart is made of pure gold. I can't believe this is real. Rest in paradise my love, watch over us all."
A memorial service will be held for Brandi El-Salhy on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 1pm at Taylor & Modeen (250 Center Street in Jupiter). The service will be followed by a celebration of life at 2:30p.m. at the East Pavilion of Ocean Cay Park at 2188 Marcinski Road in Jupiter.
Kelli Doherty, 21, is from Tequesta. On her Instagram account, she posted this about her job at a realtor, with the caption, "Couldn't be happier today got my name on the office I work at."
Toward the end of the summer, Doherty started working as an assistant to real estate agent Monika Phillips in Palm Beach Gardens.
Phillips said she had an instant connection with Doherty. Her interview for the job revolved around life and spirituality, hardly touching on real estate.
Phillips said Doherty was going to begin classes this month to get her real estate license.
“For me it’s been hard only because I didn’t lose an assistant, it’s like a child,” Phillips said. “I took her under my wing, and we talked about so many things and I think it’s going to be challenging for me to find someone with such a big heart like hers.”
Over the summer, Doherty was a server at Craft Bar Kitchen in Jupiter. To pay tribute to all three victims, they're hosting a fundraising Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. $10 at the door.
Three young lives lost, but clearly not forgotten.