Jessie Streich-Kest and Jacob Vogelman were killed while walking their dog during last night’s storm. A tree fell and pinned the two, who were not discovered until early this morning.
Jessie Streich-Kest grew up in Ditmas Park and attended Murrow High School. She has friends and family throughout the immediate neighborhood who are grief stricken.
“Jessie was first a student and then a friend of mine,” wrote neighbor Matt MacLean. “I can’t believe that she’s not here anymore. Her passion for animal welfare, political activism, and her new career as a high school teacher were so amazing. We talked not long ago about getting together for another coffee or drink. She could plow through all sorts of obstacles and her fortitude was a sight to behold. My heart goes out to her family. It just doesn’t seem real.”
Jessie’s family released the following statement:
“Just 24 years old, Jessie Streich-Kest left a lasting impression on all who met her, and especially on her students at Bushwick HS for Social Justice, to whom she was deeply committed. Jessie loved life and was deeply devoted to social justice.”
Jacob Vogelman was “a nice guy, very kind and always smiling” remembered Dominique Manzione, a friend of his from high school. Jacob grew up nearby and had attended Goldstein High School near Manhattan Beach. For college, he attended SUNY Buffalo.
Max, the mixed Pit Bull who was on the walk with the couple, was taken by a neighbor to a nearby veterinary hospital to be treated for possible head trauma. A family friend has since taken custody of the dog. Several neighbors have offered to pay for Max’s vet bills. His daily dog walker, neighbor Tom Salgo, has said he would do anything to make sure the family and pet are taken care of. We’ve contacted the family and asked if they need donations for Max’s care. We will update the blog as soon as we hear back.