Pastor recalls slain Aurora nurse as a wonderful mother

The pastor of a Naperville church that Heather Jacobi attended recalled the slain nurse Wednesday as a wonderful mother to her three children.

"She was always full of so much life, and she brought joy to the lives of those around her," said Shawn Williams, pastor at Yellow Box Community Christian Church. "As a church, we are incredibly saddened by her tragic loss."

Jacobi, 32, a registered nurse at the DuPage County Jail, was strangled last week in her Aurora apartment in the 100 block of Gregory Street. Police have charged her former boyfriend, Jose Loera, 35, with murder, saying he attacked her sometime Friday night with a scarf in a fit of jealousy.

Loera, of Aurora, had a history of domestic abuse against Jacobi. He remained in custody Wednesday in lieu of $5 million bail. Loera was arrested after he was hospitalized early Saturday for taking an overdose of pills in what apparently was a suicide attempt, authorities said.

On the night of the slaying, authorities say, Loera called Jacobi to suggest a get-together to celebrate a change in their legal status that had been granted the previous day.

On March 27, a judge amended the terms of Loera's sentence in his 2013 conviction for misdemeanor battery against Jacobi. That plea agreement had barred any contact between Loera and Jacobi, but Jacobi requested that it be changed to allow contact, as long as it wasn't harmful or offensive.

According to a court document filed last week, Jacobi called Loera's DuPage County probation officer to request the change. The DuPage County state's attorney's office objected because prosecutors saw no compelling reason to ease the terms of Loera's sentence, spokesman Paul Darrah said this week.

The no-contact order was part of a year's probation imposed on Loera for the domestic battery. Court files say Loera pulled Jacobi's hair and called her an obscenity. In February 2013, Jacobi got an order of protection against Loera, court records show.

Loera and Jacobi apparently started seeing each other again. Another court file said the couple had contact with one another on several occasions.

Williams said he met Loera several times but didn't know him well and that he was unaware of any domestic abuse allegations.

A funeral for Jacobi is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Anderson Memorial Chapel, 606 Townhall Drive in Romeoville.

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