Wednesday, June 17, 2009

One Blow Takes Two Lives

Imagine working an evening job to help out with the family expenses in order to be home with your young children during the day while your husband is away at work. Now imagine being just two weeks from giving birth to your third child. With that in mind, now just imagine that your life comes to a brutal end. This is something Jenna Nielsen's husband, parents, brother and young children could never have imagined would happen to her.

Jenna, 22 years of age, a young mother of two young boys, Schyler 3 and 11-month old Kaiden never made it home one night from her job. Jenna worked a part-time job when her life came to a horrific end on June 14, 2007.

She just finished loading the vending machine with USA Today newspapers at the AmeriKing Food Mart convenient store across from the Farmer's Market in Raleigh, North Carolina around 3:30 am. Jenna was attacked when she started heading back to her car. Neither Jenna or the 8-1/2 month old baby inside of her survived the knife attack.

Jenna's body was found behind the AmeriKing convenient store. Her vehicle was found abandoned on Lake Wheeler Road across the street at the Exxon gas station.

Robbery is not considered to be the motive as Jenna's purse and car keys were still inside her Honda Civic. It is speculated that Jenna fought back from a sexual assualt. Jenna's husband Tim believes that someone was aware of his wife's news route and this was not a random attack.

The attacker is described as a short, slightly built man - 5'-3", 120 pounds and possibly Hispanic. It is believed that he is in his late teens or early 20s with long black hair that was pulled back into a long ponytail.

There is a $15,000 reward offered for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this murder. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the Raleigh Police Department at (919) 227-6220. A website called has been set up to keep this senseless act alive. If you have any information about this case, just imagine this person was a member of your family. What would you do?

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