UPDATED WITH VIDEO Heather Jackson was a single mother working two jobs as she tried to get her life on track.
She was starting fresh in a new home on John Street, where she moved a little more than a week ago, her friends and family said.
She couldn't come up with a security deposit to rent the home, and she was, in fact, still working to cobble together enough money for the first month's rent.
But homeowner Ted Steinmetz was still willing to take a chance.
He let Jackson and her two children, Celina, 3, and Wayne, 18 months old, move into his John Street rental unit.
Jackson's friends and family are still trying to register the surreality.
Her eyes red from crying, 22-year-old Amanda Thoren, of Port Clinton, stood at John and Prospect streets Saturday night, trying to come to grips with the fact that one of her best friends was dead.
Thoren said she and Jackson's 16-year-old cousin, Karlee Tomek, met up and headed to John Street to see if what they were hearing was true.
They'd both been to Jackson's new house only two days prior, playing with Celina and Wayne, who they called "Lil' Wayne" or "Fat Man," affectionately.
Jackson was proud that she had a place she could finally call her own, after moving out of her parent's Groton Township home.
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