Remembering Jelena as a "mighty, happy person"
Tyler, TX — The senior pastor at Southern Oaks Baptist Church in Tyler tell KETK yesterdays shooting victim and mother of Lucas Calvert, Jelena Sriraman was more than just an employee at the church. Friends say she was not the type of person to bring this attention upon herself, but they're happy for people to hear of the type of woman she was. Pastor Craig tells KETK, no matter what situation Jelena was in, he always had a smile on her face.
Jennifer Deck was also a co-worker of Jelena's, however she says more so, Jelena was a dear friend and yesterday she was devastated. She tells KETK she spoke with Jelena's husband this morning and he could barely talk. She said Jelena was his whole world and that she made such an impact on everyone at the church and they are all grieving.
She said, "Just couldn't understand or believe what was going on that she's actually gone, she was always cheerful and happy to see me and other people she came in contact with, she made connections with people really quickly." Pastor Craig tells us Jelena's body is in Dallas for an autopsy and they will be arranging her funeral service with her husband.