Jennifer Neil Thompson
"Jenny"

19 Years Old

April 24, 1976 to October 20, 1993

When Jennifer was born, that was the happiest day of our lives. As all parents and grandparents, your first child is always special. We called Jennifer our "Angel from Heaven." Her early childhood was a joyful adventure and everyone wanted a little girl like Jennifer. Not only did we think she was beautiful, so did everyone she met. Jennifer's beauty was not only physical. Her compassionate heart had so much kindness and love it brought out the complete beauty of her spirit and soul. She could pick you up if you were down and turn a fair day into a great day. She judged no person but could read your heart. Give her five minutes and "Jenny Joy" would be your friend. She would always go out of her way to help someone who was hurting or down. She would walk up to you and say, "Hi, my name is Jenny, what is your name," with her shining smile.

She always thought her family was so neat and her home so beautiful. She loved her mom and enjoyed their bonding. Jennifer had one brother, Sonny, who was eleven years younger, who she loved and adored. She loved her Poppy and Nunu and their house because her mother and her had lived with them when she was a little girl. She loved her Dad, aunts, uncles and cousins. All of her relatives were special. She loved and graduated from Dallas Christian High School. Her favorite activities were sunbathing, talking on the phone and staying up late. Jennifer loved to go on vacation to the beach. She would dance in the surf and sing, "Have You Seen Jesus My Lord?" Her favorite poem was "Footprints in the Sand."

When she was with us as our angel, she gave us life, joy, taught us how to love and brought living color to our lives. In her death we know that her sweet, sweet spirit is with God, who has laughed and cried with us through it all. To the world she was one. To her family she was the whole world.

If Jennifer was here today, she would leave you with this, "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Phil 3:14) Her family would tell her, "How do we love you, let us count the ways. We love you from the depth and breath of our soul, but if God chooses we will love you even better after death." We think of you every second since you left us. Your sweet, sweet spirit will live in our hearts forever.

Jack Neil Lowrey and Family

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

Jennifer Neil Thompson, 19, of Lancaster, Texas, left home around 1:30 pm on October 20, 1995 to run a few errands. She had plans to meet her mother back at their house at 4:30 to go shopping. One of her errands was to go to Orlando Vargus' apartment to pick up some money he owned her for rides to work.

While Jennifer was in the apartment, Orlando took a cord and started strangling her. He slammed her body to the floor and held the cord tight until she stopped moving. He dragged her downstairs and put her in the hatch back storage area of her red sports car.

He drove to South Padre with Jennifer's body in her car. Orlando was arrested by the South Padre police with Jennifer still in the back of her car. Orlando confessed to the murder. Orlando's motive was that he wanted Jennifer's car to get away, he had a bad week.

Why did he still have the body in the car? "Jennifer was my friend and I could not do that to my friend." What a waste! The "Good Samaritan" dies and the darkness of evil lives. This loss has ruined the lives of Jennifer's family and friends. Regardless of what anyone says, there is no closure on earth for a "Victim of a Murdered Child." Only heaven can give the real closure, which is in Christ. We can't wait.

Orlando Vargus was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life to serve a maximum 40 years. He was 20 years old. As of October 1997, he was still in prison.

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Jennifer Neil Thompson