Detroit’s local WJBK Fox 2 channel aired a touching video montage Thursday night paying tribute to Jessica Starr, the meteorologist who took her own life earlier this week.
“She was a beloved wife and mother, and just a bright spot in all of our lives,” reporter Ryan Ermanni said while introducing the package in memory of the 35-year-old mother of two.
Earlier Thursday, a representative for the medical examiner’s office told TheWrap that Starr’s cause of death was hanging, while the manner of death was determined to be suicide.
The poignant video highlighted Starr’s eight years at the station, including on-air work and highlights of Starr joking around with her coworkers. Starr was a native Michigander that had landed her “dream job,” the channel said — something that brought immense pride to those that knew her well.
“She’s been a hometown hero to us for a long time,” Starr’s high school basketball coach Robert Schopf said. “Her picture with my basketball team has been on my wall for 18 years. And i have pointed out to students, that’s the Channel 2 weather person — look how she’s made it, look how well she’s doing.”
Starr attended Mississippi State University after graduating high school, eventually making her way to Detroit in 2010.
Starr had previously complained about complications stemming from LASIK surgery in October. “Yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but need more time to recover. Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time,” Starr said in her last tweet.
Her Fox 2 tribute on Thursday ended saying she was a “shining star — a light that will never fade in the eyes of the town she loved and called home.”
You can watch the video above.