Jennifer Paulson’s father, Ken Paulson, and her stepmother, Cindy Paulson, appeared at the school late this morning.
Ken said: “She was a kind, merciful, loving person. That’s probably why she was a special ed teacher, because she loved so much. What happened today was evil, a terrible thing. Jennifer would want you to know she loved the Lord and she’s in heaven with her grandparents. I think Jennifer would say the world is getting more evil and the person who did this was evil.”
The father says his daughter and her killer never dated; the man knew her from working with her several years ago at the cafeteria at Seattle Pacific University, where she was a student but he was not.
He called her a few years after she graduated; the man found out where she worked, and he would show up from time to time.
Jennifer Paulson obtained a restraining order against him in 2008, and he didn’t bother her for a year or more. She thought she saw him last December, so she called police. Last Friday, she left school and noticed a car was following her, so she called 911 and was told to drive to a police station, which she did. The man was arrested, and he was in jail over the weekend; he was arraigned on Monday with $10,000 bail.
As of early this week, “I thought he was gone,” Ken Paulson said.
The Rev. Dean Curry of Life Center church also made a brief statement.
“Jennifer was a beautiful Christian girl. She loved Jesus. She was concerned about this man and prayed for him. It’s been a tragedy for the whole family.”