‘The system failed her.’ Jenna Scott’s family reacts to her death

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWKT) — On Wednesday, Michael Swearingen’s mother spoke out after learning his body was identified. Now, Jenna Scott’s family members are voicing their grief. 

Jenna’s father, Jonathan Scott, and her brother, Talon Scott, say the family has had a rough couple of days, weeks and months, but the communities support has pulled them through.

“Very emotional. Very sad. But at least we have….we’re going to get closure,” Jonathan says.

Law enforcement on Thursday morning positively identified Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingen’s bodies in Oklahoma. This has been a heartbreaking reality for the Scott family.

“We know that Jenna’s in a better place now, and we’re just struggling with coming to grips with this, still. I mean, it hasn’t sunk in. It feels like I weigh 1,000 pounds” Scott says. 

Her father says they did everything they could to protect her.

“This individual basically stalked her and harassed her. Harassed all of us. Terrified her. She lived in a state of terror. And the system failed her,” Scott says.

Jenna’s brother says the community support has helped them in their grieving process. 

“Thank you very much for the outpouring of love and support that we were saved about this ordeal,” Talon says.

Neighbors in the area also expressed their thoughts about Thursday’s finding.

“These people were so nice and so sweet and involved with so many people, that it’s just a horrible thing that’s happened,” one neighbor says.

“We’re sending out our prayers to the family,” another neighbor says.

Jonathan says now they will come together as a family to honor her legacy.

“She loved life and she loved her friends and family. She loved her daughter dearly. She would want us to do something to honor her, and we’re going to,” Jonathan says.

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