STAMFORD — The woman who shed her clothes before plunging to her death from a tree on Saturday afternoon was religious and committed to pursuing a career in fashion design, two of her relatives said Monday.
The woman, identified by police as 21-year-old Jasmine Brown, was found dead near Wardwell and Frederick streets, several blocks from a church where a priest told police he saw a woman hugging a statue earlier.
Her great aunt and grandmother said Brown, a New Orleans native, moved to New York City about a year ago to attend the Art Institute of New York City.
Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said Sunday that police suspected Brown was high on PCP at the time of the incident, since shedding clothes is a “classic” response caused by the drug.
“We know she didn’t do any drugs,” said Coleman, who lives in Stone Mountain, Ga. “We’re worried that it might be some kind of date-rape drug.”
Brown’s older sister Ashley Booker said it was Brown’s dream to have a fashion line called Jasmine Butterfly.
Booker, who also lives in New Orleans, said her sister was always well-liked.
“Everywhere we would go, people would stop and tell Jasmine how beautiful she was,” Booker said. “Once, when I was visiting her and we went to Times Square, people would stop us and ask if they could take a picture of Jasmine.”
Richard, who lives in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, said from a young age, Brown enjoyed drawing women’s fashion and wanted to be a designer.
She hoped New York would be the place where she would get a name for herself, Richard said.
Richard said Brown’s roommate told the family on Saturday that she had left for the weekend to visit a boyfriend somewhere in Connecticut.
Richard also said Brown called her mother earlier in the week from an unfamiliar number. When the mother, in New Orleans, called the number back Friday, a man picked up and told her to tell Brown “it’s dangerous out here.” It’s unclear what the man was referring to.
Brown recently told her sister she had been thinking a lot about religion, and that she “wanted to be on the right page with God,” Richard said.
An autopsy was scheduled for Monday; police said they believe Brown died from injuries from her fall. A toxicology report could take a number of weeks, Conklin said.
At 12:47 p.m. Saturday, the priest called 911 after he saw a young woman, believed to be Brown, hugging and striking a statue on the St. Benedict’s property. She was gone when police arrived, Conklin said. At 1:27, police were called by passers-by reporting a woman was unconscious under a tree near Wardwell and Frederick.
This is so sad to hear such news to hear about this. May her family be lifted in prayer. One thing I do not like doing is give out bad news. It is quite upsetting to learn someone who has the same passion as you fall short in life.