January 31. 2018 10:56PM

Families of Farmington double-murder victims mark one-year anniversary

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent


FARMINGTON — The families of two women brutally murdered in Farmington last winter marked the one-year anniversary of their deaths over the weekend with intimate ceremonies of remembrance.

Christine Sullivan, 48, and Jenna Pellegrini, 32, were killed inside 979 Meaderboro Road on Jan. 27, 2017. Prosecutors say Timothy Verrill, 35, of Dover, is responsible for the deaths. He was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and is being held in jail without bail awaiting trial.

Pellegrini’s father, Michael Pellegrini, traveled to the house where she was killed with her mother and aunt to put up a small memorial including photos and flowers Saturday.

Michael Pellegrini said Wednesday morning he had never been to the property but had been planning to put up something for a while.

“It brings back a lot of memories, of course,” Pellegrini said. “I wanted to let her know I am there, and we’re still thinking of her.”

Jenna Pellegrini’s ashes were placed next to her brother, Steven, in August. In March of 2016, he died in a single-vehicle crash.

Jeff Sullivan, Christine Sullivan’s brother, said he and other family members spread her ashes Saturday in New Jersey at a beach in Long Branch and at Twin Lights, a state park in Highlands.

“We had a beautiful day,” Jeff Sullivan said. “I know she’s at peace.”

Jeff Sullivan said they got some beautiful photographs, which would have made his sister happy.

By all accounts, Christine Sullivan loved to take photos.

Jeff Sullivan said 2017 was the slowest, yet fastest year of his life. Everyday, something seemed to come up that reminded him of the pain of losing his sister.

“My faith is the only thing that can get me through this,” Jeff Sullivan said.

There are people living in the house on Meaderboro Road, which is owned by Dean Smoronk.

He was Christine Sullivan’s boyfriend.

Smoronk was arrested in June during a traffic stop and charged with manufacturing and distributing drugs after Virginia State Police allegedly discovered evidence that he was manufacturing and selling steroids.

Smoronk is currently at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Virginia. The website does not list a release date for him.

Two vehicles were parked at the house on Wednesday.

Farmington Police Chief Jay Drury said they have not made any local arrests at the house, but have responded to the address for welfare checks and noise complaints.