Barbecue fundraiser to be held for slain Gilroyan

What: Memorial barbecue and auction to raise money for funeral

Friends and former co-workers of Jasmine Costa, a Mount Madonna
High School graduate who was fatally shot the evening of Aug. 27
during a dispute in San Jose, plan to host a barbecue in her memory
to raise money to help her family cover funeral costs.
Friends and former co-workers of Jasmine Costa, a Mount Madonna High School graduate who was fatally shot the evening of Aug. 27 during a dispute in San Jose, plan to host a barbecue in her memory to raise money to help her family cover funeral costs.

At a packed funeral service Sept. 4 in Morgan Hill, those who loved Costa turned out in droves to celebrate her life. Raised in Gilroy, Costa, 28, attended Gilroy public schools, cheered for the Gilroy Browns and took lessons at Lana’s Dance Studio.

“She was always laughing and always wanting to make other people laugh,” said sister Jenelle Costa, 27, a Gilroy High School graduate. “She was just a great older sister. She definitely took care of me.”

Best friends as well as sisters, the two lived together in Sunnyvale. They traveled together, socialized together and even worked together for a time at C&J’s Sports Bar near Santa Clara University. The bar will hold a barbecue and auction in Jasmine’s memory Saturday.

“I loved her very much,” said Candra Adams, an employee at C&J’s who is organizing the barbecue.

Jasmine Costa loved growing up in Gilroy and the sisters made a point to attend every Garlic Festival together, said Jenelle. Her older sister was always front and center with a video camera the two years Jenelle competed in the Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Pageant.

“She was there every time supporting me,” Jenelle said. “I never really pictured living life without her.”

About 9 a.m. Aug. 27, San Jose police responded to a disturbance at a residence on the 1000 block of Morris Court, less than a mile away from Santa Clara University. A male caller reported hearing screaming and yelling followed by what he believed was a gunshot, according to court documents.

A male resident of the house, later identified as Gannon Crediford, 25, was seen fleeing on foot. Officers arrested Crediford about two blocks away police said, and he admitted to shooting a woman at his home.

At the Morris Court residence, police found Jasmine Costa deceased and lying in the front yard.

Police later determined Costa was a friend of Crediford’s fiancee, who had been in a loud argument with the suspect just prior to the homicide, according to court documents.

Witnesses told police that they heard gunshots, then saw Crediford leave the home with a woman’s limp body in his arms. Crediford set the body on the front lawn before disappearing inside the residence, changing shirts and then fleeing.

Prosecutors charged Crediford with Costa’s murder, and he will appear in court 2 p.m. Thursday in Department 23 of the Hall of Justice in San Jose for a plea hearing.

Though Crediford is in police custody, the investigation is ongoing and Costa’s mother, Sandee Sutton, said she’s still wondering what transpired the evening of her daughter’s death. The outpouring of support has helped her get through the tragedy, said Sutton, who estimated more than 500 people attended her daughter’s funeral.

“I knew she was well-liked, but that blew me away,” she said.

Jasmine Costa was planning to return to college to get her degree in accounting, Sutton said. She met with her father, Gilroy resident Kevin Costa, for lunch every week and made a point to call her mother as often, Sutton said.

“She could talk to anyone,” said Jenelle Costa. “She was always willing to listen to anything you had to say. She was absolutely amazing.”

Her family will remember a talented artist and loyal friend and older sister to Jenelle and 16-year-old Tyler, a student at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill.

“Jasmine will never die as she now lives through my family and I,” Jenelle said. “We will only make her flame glow brighter. I love her dearly.”

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