Schenectady County

Services set for mother, daughter found killed in Rotterdam

Services for the mother and daughter found killed in their Rotterdam home last week have been schedu
Jessica, left, and Tammy McCormack
Jessica, left, and Tammy McCormack

Services for the mother and daughter found killed in their Rotterdam home last week have been scheduled for later this week, according to their obituaries.

Meanwhile, the man accused of breaking into their home and doing them harm is set for his next court appearance this evening in Rotterdam Town Court.

Services for Tammy McCormack and her daughter Jessica have both been scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. at Kateri Takewietha Church, Rosa Road, Schenectady.

Calling hours for both have been scheduled for Wednesday evening from 4 to 8 at DeMarco Stone Funeral Home, 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam.

Tammy McCormack, 52, and her daughter Jessica McCormack, 22, were both found dead Wednesday inside their 1142 Inner Drive home after Tammy McCormack failed to show up for work that morning.

Their deaths have been ruled homicides, their causes of death have not been released.

Charged with breaking into their home and causing them physical injury is Brice C. Rivenburgh, 28, of 2501 Oaklawn Ave.

Rivenburgh, who authorities say once had a relationship with Jessica McCormack, faces one count of first-degree burglary. Further charges are pending, possibly through grand jury action. Though the burglary charge accuses Rivenburgh of causing physical injury to two people at the residence, he has not been charged directly in the deaths.

Rivenburgh is scheduled for his next court appearance this evening at 5 p.m. in Rotterdam Town Court. There, Rivenburgh could learn whether an indictment has been handed up in the case, though not necessarily the contents of any indictment.

According to her obituary, Jessica McCormack graduated from Schenectady County Community College and was working toward a career in dental hygiene.

She loved swimming and music. She also enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends and family.

It was common knowledge to those who knew her, her obituary reads, that she was terrified of bugs, loved fried pickles and enjoyed margaritas and game nights.

“She was warm-hearted, funny, kind and always wanted to believe that there was good in everybody,” her obituary reads.

Jessica was the daughter of Tammy and Keith McCormack. Her father passed away in June 2009. The parents owned and operated Lyle’s Hoagies. Tammy McCormack also worked with the Schenectady City School District as a human resources specialist.

The mother is described in her obituary as the neighborhood mom, someone who was kind to everyone. She had an “exceptional work ethic,” never putting herself before others.

She also loved to cook, bake, read and “was an avid QVC shopper.”

“Tammy was a genuine, devoted mother and truly the heart and soul of her family,” her obituary reads.

Both Tammy and her daughter were described as animal lovers, loving their two pugs, Trixie and Gus.

Donations made in the McCormacks names are requested to be sent, according to the obituaries, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the local ASPCA.

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