Tyler, Texas — Wednesday afternoon's events left Southern Oaks Baptist Church co-workers and friends of Jelena Sriraman stunned and devastated. Jennifer Deck said, "Just couldn't understand or believe what was going on that she's actually gone." Pastor Larry Craig says, Jelena would never bring this type of attention upon herself but they find joy in her memory. He said, "One word for Jelena would be effervescent." He says her happy spirit impacted everyone at the church. He said, "She always had a smile on her face, when you left or when she left you felt better because she was there."
Deck says Jelena was a dear friend and a great mother. She said, "She connected with them in a way and was so real with them i think that they will understand as time goes on." Although this tragedy leaves her heartbroken she still holds on to her favorite memories. She said, "I would go into the room and there would be music playing and she would be dancing and the kids would be dancing." CPS tells KETK, Jelena's husband has temporary custody over her two children.