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'Jessica was so much more than what's happened'

Jessica's family said they want to make sure she is remembered - not for what happened, but for who she was. "Jessica was full of life," said Martha Hardy, Jessica's aunt. "She had a very big heart. Very loving and warm." (Family photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - Jennifer Philips remembers the moment she received the news: Her 19-year-old daughter Jessica Frank was dead.

"I just collapsed. I just was just in absolute shock," Jennifer said. "I just couldn't believe it. I'm still in shock."

Eugene Police found her body at a home on Pattison Street on Saturday.

Police arrested her boyfriend, 23-year-old Erick Joaquin. The district attorney has filed charges of murder constituting domestic violence.

Jessica's family said they want to make sure she is remembered - not for what happened, but for who she was.

"Jessica was full of life," said Martha Hardy, Jessica's aunt. "She had a very big heart. Very loving and warm."

Family and friends said Jessica treated everyone with kindness; loved children and animals; and always had a smile on her face, even while battling multiple sclerosis and undergoing several painful surgeries.

"She had to wear a brace for about four years when she was younger," Jennifer said. "That was very difficult for her. She faced a lot of teasing and bullying at school."

Jessica went to Pleasant Hill High School and dreamed of being a police officer, her mother said.

"She was just so - right and wrong. She always just had such a big heart," Jennifer said, "and always fought for the underdog."

She said Jessica saw the good in everyone.

"At times, it would worry me that she would just be too trusting about somebody," Jennifer said. "And I would be worried, and I would be kind of over-protective of her."

Jennifer said she never met the man accused of killing her daughter. She said the two met several weeks ago and had just recently started dating.

She said Jessica did not tell her much about him, except that he possibly worked as a roofer, was nice to her, and that she would eventually introduce him.

"We don't want Jessica's memory to be marred by his actions or his name or anything like that," said Martha. "Jessica was so much more than what's happened."

There is a Jessica Frank Memorial Fund set up at Oregon Community Credit Union.

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