Barrington softball tourney to honor murder victim

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent
June 19. 2018 10:55PM
Jenna Pellegrini, shown here with her two children, Blake and Nytalia, in an undated photo, was 32 when she was killed in a double murder in Farmington in January. Her father is putting together a second softball tournament to raise money to help stop drug abuse and violence against women. (Courtesy photo)

Jenna Pellegrini was a gifted softball player who made the team at Dover High School when she was a student there. ((From www.jennapellegrini.org))

BARRINGTON — Registration is now open for the second annual Jenna M. Pellegrini Memorial Softball Tournament.

Pellegrini, of Barrington, is one of two women who were killed during a double murder in Farmington on Jan. 27, 2017. Christine Sullivan, 48, was the other woman killed.

Pellegrini’s father, Michael, organizes the co-ed event and said this year some of Sullivan’s Florida friends are planning to make the trip north to play.

Pellegrini and Sullivan were at the house Sullivan stayed in when she was in New Hampshire.

Michael Pellegrini said the tournament will be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 18, which would have been his daughter’s 34th birthday.

Last year, eight teams turned out to play and raised $5,600 for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and for Drug Free NH.

Michael Pellegrini said he hopes to have 16 teams register this year. There will be two divisions, one for league players and the other for recreational players.

Michael Pellegrini said people do not need to have a team to participate.

“We’ve got single players we’re trying to recruit to fill holes and maybe form another team,” Michael Pellegrini said.

Timothy Verrill, 36, of Dover, is the man accused of murdering Pellegrini and Sullivan and hiding their bodies under an outside tarp. He is being held without bail pending a November trial.

Michael Pellegrini was at Verrill’s hearing to suppress evidence at Strafford County Superior Court in Dover last week, to take notes for family members.

The memorial softball tournament will be held at the Barrington Youth Association complex on Smoke Street. Pellegrini, a gifted softball player, grew up across the street, and was on the team at Dover High School.

According to her obituary, Pellegrini attended NHTI and Portsmouth Beauty School before beginning her career as a hairstylist. She left behind two small children, Blake and Nytalia Royer of Brentwood.

For more information about the tournament, to register a team or volunteer to help, visit www.jennapellegrini.org.


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