Grief had been a frequent visitor to the home of Ashley and Eric Rosenbrock, years before a gunshot roared in their snowpacked Upstate New York home.
Their 1-year-old daughter Vivienne died of sepsis pneumonia, and in an instant, their daughter Madie lost her sister and her captive audience for lullaby coos.
A year later, in 2014, Ashley channeled pain into a request that touched thousands: Pour kindness into the world.
But Thursday night marked a new and unspeakable tragedy for the family. Eric Rosenbrock, 35, was “performing maintenance” on his handgun at their Corinth home when he discharged the weapon, authorities later said, and a round struck Ashley.
The mother of three later died at a hospital. She was 34.
Eric Rosenbrock has cooperated with authorities, the Post-Star reported. An autopsy Saturday produced results “consistent with the information and evidence that has been discovered to this point in the investigation,” the New York State Police said in a statement. The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office is assisting in the ongoing investigation.
The district attorney and police did not return a request for comment Monday about any pending legal action. It is unclear how the shooting unfolded or if Rosenbrock, a junior high school science teacher, will face any charges related to negligent use of a firearm or manslaughter.
“Ashley left us to begin a journey we are devastated by. Our only saving grace is that she is with her girl again,” her mother Lorraine Anderson Tefft wrote in an obituary for the Post-Star. “Wife, Mama, daughter, sister, cousin, friend, Godmother, business owner . . . oh, the lives she has touched.”
Ashley sold handbags and children’s accessories from home, neighbors told the New York Times, and the couple were in the middle of a construction project to add bedrooms for their growing family.
Corinth, a village of 6,000 near the Adirondack mountains, has been rocked by the tragedy.
Lake George Junior-Senior High School, where Rosenbrock teaches, cautioned of a potential ripple effect of trauma and marshaled grief counselors days before Thanksgiving.
“A sudden loss like this can have a profound effect on family, friends, colleagues, parents, and students. It is important that we recognize this loss and support each other through this time,” the school said in a statement. Classes were scheduled to begin as usual Monday.
Unintentional gunfire caused more than 200 fatalities in 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, with most occurring both inside a home and with a handgun. That was less than 1 percent of gun deaths across 27 states, the CDC said.
Ashley’s tribute to her infant daughter went viral after she created a Facebook page called “Vivienne’s RAOK” — random act of kindness — to spur moments of charity. The page provided cards to print out and leave with gifts, such as snacks placed on a co-worker’s desk or a gift card taped to a gas pump.
“It was just a way for me to say, ‘Don’t focus on what’s missing. Live your life to the fullest,' ” she told the Post-Star.
The effort has morphed into charity drives and a fun run, and the page remains active, along with memories of Vivienne on Ashley’s personal Facebook page.
In one photo, the Rosenbrock children pose on a beach. Someone had carved “Vivienne” into wet sand in a tribute to a loved one gone too soon.