Community, family seeking answers in death of former Tivy student

Former Tivy Student Jessica Jefferson Brown was found dead in her car last Thursday in Bastrop, Texas. Police are continuing an investigation into the cause of death. Jefferson played basketball at Tivy in the early 2000s.

The Kerrville community is mourning the loss of Jessica Marie Jefferson Brown, 32.

The former Tivy student’s death has left more questions than answers after her body was discovered in her vehicle in Bastrop, Texas at 4:10 a.m. on Thursday, June 9. A police investigation is ongoing.

A statement from Bastrop County Sheriff Rosanna L. Abreo states a call came into her office reporting a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of North Main and Old Highway 40. Brown’s body was reportedly discovered behind the wheel of her vehicle, which came to rest against a tree.

“Ms. Brown’s injuries do not appear to be consistent with injuries received in a motor vehicle collision, however,” Abreo said. “The Travis County Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death. The case is pending further investigation.”

Because it is an ongoing investigation, no further details have been released.

The area of the crash is a remote site, and the Austin American-Statesman is reporting that Brown was in the process of her normal newspaper delivery route for them at the time of her death.

Brown was living in Cedar Creek, Texas, and leaves behind two children, who will return to Kerrville to live with family.

“Jessica was a great person,” longtime friend Tony Vela said. “She had a big heart. She loved her family, her friends and most of all her children. She lived life to the fullest.”

Vela said he will remember Brown as always smiling.

Hill Country Community Journal sports editor Stuart Cunyus remembered how one amazing play by Brown put Tivy’s Lady Antler basketball team into the playoffs in 2001.

“Jessica hit the best shot I’ve ever seen in my years covering Tivy — a last-second, no-look, over-the-shoulder heave from halfcourt that banked in at the buzzer and beat Fredericksburg, 42-41, in a play-in for the fourth and final playoff berth that year. I’ve never forgotten it, or how big her smile was as she was swarmed by her teammates.

“I am stunned and deeply saddened by this news, and my thoughts and prayers go out to her children and her family,” Cunyus said.

A memorial fund has been established in Brown’s name for funeral expenses at the Texhillco School Employees Federal Credit Union, located at 1018 Sidney Baker.

A second memorial fund has also been established for her children at the Security State Bank and Trust, located at 1130 Junction Highway.

A celebration of Brown’s life was held Tuesday at the Kerrville Church of Christ.

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