Softball tournament raises money in memory of Farmington murder victim

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent
August 20. 2017 9:55PM
Michael Pellegrini pulled together a softball tournament in memory of his daughter, Jenna Pellegrini, who was brutally killed in a double murder in Farmington this January. On Saturday, he played left field for his team. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

Jenna Pellegrini's son, Blake, practices pitching before the Team Jenna and Team Christine exhibition game in Barrington Saturday. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

BARRINGTON — A softball tournament to honor Jenna Pellegrini this weekend raised $5,600 for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Drug Free NH.

Pellegrini was 32-years-old when she was killed in a double murder in Farmington last January. Prosecutors say Timothy Verrill, 35, of Dover, went to the house at 979 Meaderboro Road where Pellegrini was staying with Christine Sullivan, 48, and stabbed both women to death on Jan. 27.

Verrill is being held without bail at Strafford County House of Corrections.

On Saturday, eight teams turned out to play at Barrington Youth Association Complex on Smoke Street. Pellegrini grew up across the street, and as a gifted softball player, made the team at Dover High School.

Pellegrini’s father, Michael Pellegrini, said his daughter played first base most of the time.

Michael Pellegrini played left field for his team Saturday. Before an exhibition game between Team Jenna and Team Christine, he said Jenna Pellegrini would have loved this weekend’s event.

“We have most of the family here, if not all of the family. We’ve got people from Massachusetts and a lot of people from New Hampshire. A lot of her friends showed up. We’ve even had people come from different parts of the country,” Michael Pellegrini said of the turnout.

Jenna’s aunt, Becky Calef, of Barrington, was at the tournament to take pictures to share with family on social media.

Calef was also there to support Michael Pellegrini and his efforts to raise money for the organizations that help those suffering from abuse issues and employ prevention efforts.

“It helps with the grieving process,” Calef said.

Michael Pellegrini’s mother, Pat, says their family has been struck twice by tragedy in the last 18 months. In March of 2016, Jenna Pellegrini’s brother, Steven Pellegrini, died in a single-vehicle crash while living in Florida.

On Friday, family members placed Jenna’s ashes next to Steven’s in a private ceremony.

“I’m very proud of my son. We’ve suffered two tragedies and he’s taken his grief and taken it to benefit others,” Pat Pellegrini said of Michael and the tournament.

Money was also raised for Jenna Pellegrini’s children; $1,349 will go to Blake and Nytalia’s college fund. For more information, visit jennapellegrini.com.


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