INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Jasmine Albarron has experienced more in her 15 years of life than many will in a lifetime.
“I don’t hate because hating them is not going to bring anyone back,” Albarron said, speaking to reporters for the first time after her family was killed in the 2006 Hamilton Avenue murders.
“I never understood why, but now I’m kind of accepting the fact that it happened. I can’t bring it back, I can’t hate the guy that did it,” Albarron said.
The high school freshman’s father, grandparents, aunt and cousins were all killed in a house at 560 North Hamilton Avenue on June 1, 2006.
She says she learned about not holding hate in her heart from her mother.
“I said, ‘you know Jasmine, we’re going to let this go, we’re going to hate the act, but we’re not going to hate the individual because we can’t be productive, we can’t heal if we don’t,'” said Kim Fischer, Albarron’s mother.
Today, Jasmine is using that tragedy from eight years ago to try to help others overcome their own struggles. She speaks with survivors of violent crimes about getting beyond the tragedy. She also started the Facebook group, H.O.S.T, or Helping Others Survive Tragedies.
“I get questions, they’ll ask me, ‘How do I do it,?’ Or, ‘Is it hard?’ And I just tell them you just have to live each day by what it gives you. Life goes on,” Albarron said.
She says she hasn’t been back to the neighborhood where the murders occurred. The house was demolished by the city after a fire.
In addition to speaking with survivors, Albarron is also active in her church. She is a cheerleader too.
She says when she grows up, she wants to be an OBGYN and a counselor. She said that way, she would be able to continue to help people.
As for the murderers in this case, Desmond Turner and James Stewart are both serving life sentences without the possibility for parole.
“My goal is to make a difference, and if I can only help one person make a difference then I’ve made my goal,” Albarron said.