On December 6, 2014, a blonde teenager named Jessica Chambers from Courtland, Mississippi was set on fire. She was still alive when first responders arrived on the scene, and was rushed to a hospital in Memphis, where she died.
In “Unspeakable Crimes: The Killing of Jessica Chambers,” Jessica's mother, Lisa Chambers, recalls the night of the tragedy — and her last words to her daughter.
“I don’t know what they saw — but I saw my child,” says Chambers, remembering how she saw Jessica’s body, even though she was afraid to peek into the hospital room. More than 90 percent of Jessica’s body was covered in burns.
In this heartbreaking interview, she reveals what she said to Jessica in her last moments.
“I held her hand as she took her last breath,” says Jessica’s mother, as she gets visibly emotional on camera.
“I told her it was okay… she could go.”
Jessica’s mother feels pain and guilt for giving her teenage daughter permission to go.
“But I know I couldn’t have kept her here…there was no way.”
Jessica had recently experienced her own version of major loss less than two years prior, when her older brother, Ben Allen, died in a car accident.
Jessica Chambers succumbed to soot inhalation and burn injuries at the hospital. She was 19 years old.
“Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers” premieres Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7/6c on Oxygen.
[Photo: Provided by the Chambers Family]