Neighbor/witness Kristina Hill on M&M: ‘No decency at all given to me’ by Jerry Remy
|03.28.14 at 1:05 pm ET|
Kristina Hill, the former next-door neighbor and close friend of the late Jennifer Martel, joined Mut & Merloni on Friday afternoon to respond to a dismissal of her previous comments by Jerry Remy, whose son stands accused of killing Martel in a fit of rage. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
Remy appeared on Dennis & Callahan earlier in the day and insisted that he and his wife did all they could to protect Martel after she was initially attacked by Jared Remy last August and he was arrested. Hill, in an appearance on Mut & Merloni earlier this week, said the Remys encouraged Martel not to extend the restraining order, indicating they had taken away the apartment key from Jared. Remy termed Hill’s recollection “nonsense.”
Hill called Remy’s comments “a disappointment” and noted that it follows a pattern of disrespectful behavior from him toward her.
“I don’t really feel like I need to defense myself against Jerry Remy,” Hill said. “He has a team of lawyers. I have no ulterior motives. I’m not looking for money, I’m not looking for a witch hunt. I just want the truth to come out. From my experience, everything I told you and that I’ve said in other interviews is the truth from my experience and what I witnessed and what I saw with Jennifer.
“The Remys’ son took almost everything away from me that night. They took away my best friend. I don’t think anybody would wish upon their worst enemy having someone watch their best friend die in front of them and be screaming on a 911 call covered in her blood, watching her die. I don’t think that’s something that anyone would wish on their worst enemy.
“And that’s what Jared took away from me that night. He took away my best friend. He took away somebody who I would call my surrogate daughter. He took away mine and my husband’s life. We can’t go back to living the way we did before. I suffer from night terrors, I can’t sleep at night, I can’t move on with my life because I’m going to be a witness at a trial. My whole life has been turned upside down.
“Like I said, I have no ulterior motive in any of this. Unfortunately what Jerry said today just kind of shows the sort of decency that he has given me since the murder.”
Added Hill: “I don’t know how the Remys are suffering. I suffer every day. And I can’t tell you, it’s a very personal thing for them to be going through, and I couldn’t imagine. But I just don’t feel I’m hearing the accountability. And again, like I mentioned, there was no decency at all given to me. It would have been nice after the murder had they reached out at all and offered condolences or apologized for their son’s behavior on behalf of him or whatever. Or offered some sort of empathy. And none of that was given. That again was reflected in the interview. … I think that this is another instance where there’s been no decency shown toward me or my family. That’s what I think is disappointing.”
Hill said she stands by her assertion that the Remys attempted to intervene by keeping Martel from going back to police.
“Absolutely,” she said. “I have not said anything except for what I saw and what I witnessed. I could sit here and say there are phone records and text records that will prove my point, but I don’t think that’s necessary.”
Hill acknowledged that even if there had been a restraining order in place, it might not have made a difference.
“Hindsight is 20-20 and I have no idea. I have no idea if that would have contained him, considering what he’d done in the past,” Hill said. “I said there after Jen died and pointed a lot of fingers because I was really angry at what had happened to Jen and how her life was lost and how it affected me and changed my life. I sat there and looked at the Remys and looked at Jared and looked at the courts. It’s like a perfect storm, a combination of things.
“But my goal now is to take the positive from that and to continue Jen’s legacy, because she was a completely selfless person. I need to make meaning out of her death that’s going to be more than just a ‘he said, she said’ with the Remys or anything else. My goal is to tell the truth so that other people in our positions whether it’s my position or the Remys’ position or Jen’s position know how to get out of a situation like that. They know how to get out safely so it doesn’t come to the same end. And that’s what I’m going to do for the rest of my life is advocate and learn and teach those sorts of things so that no one else — hopefully no one else — at some point will ever have to deal with what Jen went through that night and the previous night before that.
“So I’ve started a memorial fund [JenniferMartelMemorialFund.com] with several of Jen’s family members and other friends … a memorial fund that will be a two-part mission against domestic violence, advocating and creating awareness against domestic violence, and offer teaching scholarships to single moms. That’s what I’m going to focus my attention and my life’s work on moving forward.
“I think I’ve said what I needed to say about the nights previous to the murder and about the Remys. Going forward, that’s my goal is to make it about Jen and Jen’s legacy.”
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