AUGUSTA — Although as slender as she was short, Andrea "Drea" Young was full of life, friends say, all smiles, jokes and laughter.
"She was always so bubbly and happy," said Kayla Luna, who considered Andrea her best friend.
Andrea, 14, was shot and killed Friday night at a party where teenagers were drinking, celebrating a friend's 16th birthday. Morgan Jarvi, 25, is in jail on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and hosting a party where underage drinking took place.
No charges had been filed as of Monday. Augusta Police Chief Tyler Brewer said he thought charges, which he also said could change from what Morgan Jarvi was being held in jail on, would be filed today.
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It's not the first time Jarvi has been in jail.
Court records show he was convicted most recently in 2006 of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He also has been convicted twice of driving under the influence and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery, originally charged as a felony battery case, in 2004.
Brewer said late Monday afternoon that investigators still were piecing together what happened at the party.
Red evidence tape still was stuck to the door of the light blue house in the 900 block of Wirth on Monday.
Megun Jarvi, who is married to but recently separated from Morgan Jarvi, stood in the living room of the house on Monday afternoon. She pointed to a bullet hole in the railing of the basement stairwell, then to blood on the carpeted stairs.
She told their 3-year-old son that the blood was juice.
"It's just juice," she told him, again and again.
Crying, she said she and her husband have a 1 1/2-year-old child, too.
"They want to see their dad, but I don't know what to tell them," she said.
Brewer said in an interview over the weekend that Morgan Jarvi had been brandishing a rifle and what appeared to be a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.
"He was showing it off, and that made a lot of people nervous," Brewer said. "Some people inside the home were uncomfortable."
Megun Jarvi said she was not at the party Friday night.
But from what she was told about where her husband was standing and where Andrea was when the gun went off, she doesn't believe there was any way he meant to shoot her.
"He was up here," Megun Jarvi said in the living room.
She said he had been drinking and was showing off his gun, which she said was new.
Andrea, she said, was on the stairs.
Andrea was so tiny — friends described her as 4 feet 9 inches tall — that Morgan Jarvi couldn't have even seen her from where he had been standing, Megun Jarvi said.
"I want people to know what really happened," Megun Jarvi said. "It was an accident. He didn't mean to pull the trigger. It was an accident. That's what we want people to know."
Megan Jarvi also said she believed her husband hadn't
purchased any of the alcohol served at the party.
The party was for Jourdan Roberts' 16th birthday.
Jourdan and Dylan Jarvi, Morgan Jarvi's 16-year-old sister, were in the house for a while Monday with Megun Jarvi. Megun Jarvi said that she no longer lives there and that she and her husband share custody of their children.
Jourdan was at the house Monday afternoon to pick up a kitten that needed to be cared for. As Jourdan and the others talked about Andrea's death, the kitten kicked around tiny plastic toy cars.
"She was one of our best friends," Jourdan said.
She and Dylan said they didn't go to school Monday.
"We hung out with her every day," Jourdan said.
"She was the funniest girl ever," Dylan said of Andrea.
When the shot rang out in the house, Jourdan said she ran out of a downstairs room.
Someone in the house screamed "What the (expletive)?" Jourdan said.
Jourdan said she saw her friend on the bloody stairs.
"I started screaming," Jourdan said. "I didn't know what to do."
She said she called 911.
"I was hysterical," she said. "I said 'My friend's been shot. Send an ambulance. Help her.' "
Other people also talked to 911 dispatchers, Brewer said.
Dylan said she was sleeping in a bedroom.
She said when she woke up, police officers were pointing guns at her.
Brewer said that was true.
"We think we've got the house cleared," he said. "We don't know what we have."
Emergency medical workers, he said, heard a movement from an upstairs room.
"She was hiding under the covers in bed," he said. "We took her out at gunpoint because we didn't know what we had."
Asked if any of the teenagers at the party were arrested for underage drinking, Brewer said "No. They had enough going on."
Brewer declined to go into much detail Monday about the investigation, saying police were having a problem with people who weren't at the party claiming to have information about the shooting.
"We're still interviewing people," he said.
Brewer said Morgan Jarvi appeared to be intoxicated when he was arrested. He said his department received no complaints from neighbors about the party earlier in the evening.
In an interview over the weekend, Brewer said roughly 20 to 30 people had attended the party. Jourdan and Dylan said about 12 people were there at the time of the shooting.
The shooting is Augusta's first homicide since 2001.
Morgan Jarvi's sister and Jourdan described Andrea as a beautiful, funny girl.
A freshman at Augusta High School, Andrea "always cracked jokes," Jourdan said.
The convenience store where Andrea's mother works put out a jar at the front counter to collect donations for the Young family.
People have been supportive, expressing their sympathy, Jamie Leonard said while working the cash register.
"She was just full of life," Leonard said of Andrea. "She was very, very pretty. Her spirits were . . . she was a 14-year-old kid."
Leonard said she had talked to Andrea's mother Sunday.
"She's devastated," she said. "She wants her back."
A visitation is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dunsford-Zeiner Funeral Home, 201 E. Fifth Ave., in Augusta. Andrea's funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Assembly of God Church, 3626 N. Ohio.
A memorial fund has been set up in care of the funeral home.
Kayla, Andrea's best friend, said she was asleep in her house just across the street and a few doors down from where the party was taking place Friday night.
She didn't go to the party, she said.
Kayla said she keeps thinking that Andrea will call or that she'll see her at school.
"It's been pretty hard," she said. "It's hard on everyone. It doesn't seem real yet."
Kayla said she woke up at 1:40 a.m. Saturday when her mother told her what had happened to Andrea.
Kayla then called Andrea's mom, she said.
"She told me she'd got shot," Kayla said. "She told me she was gone."