The day before Thanksgiving, Rosemary Billquist was taking her two dogs for a walk near her home in the town of Sherman, New York, when she was shot and killed after being mistaken for a deer. Billquist was shot in the hip and only 100 yards away from her house when the incident occurred.

“The hunter, neighbor Thomas Jadlowski, rushed over to Billquist when he heard her scream, according to police. He called 911 and applied pressure to her wound while waiting for emergency responders to arrive. Billquist was transported to a local hospital, where she died of her injuries.”1

Her husband Jamie posted a tribute to her Thursday on Facebook, “I know she’s touched so many lives with her kindness.”2

Our heart goes out to her family and friends. We cannot imagine their grief.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office report that neighbor Jadlowski reported the shooting 40 minutes after sunset and noted that it’s against state law to hunt deer after the sun has gone down. At this time, no charges have been filed, but law enforcement are still investigating the incident.


Sources and References

  1. Huffington Post, November 24, 2017.
  2. Huffington Post, November 24, 2017.