Pennsylvania church opens doors as ‘safe place to share’ grief after five relatives slain in alleged murder spree

first_imgcmannphoto/iStock(MORRISVILLE, Pa.) — Students, community members as well as the local police chief came together at a Pennsylvania church to mourn five slain family members — including three children — whose bodies were found dead in their Morrisville apartment on Monday.Wednesday night’s community prayer vigil at the Morrisville United Methodist Church was an “opportunity for the community to all come together and share their grief together and say ‘we are one,’” Pastor Wendy Bellis told ABC News Thursday. “Nobody is by themselves.”The victims were Jamilla Campbell, 42; Campbell’s 9-year-old twin daughters, Imani and Erika Allen; Campbell’s niece, Naa’Irah Smith, 25; and Campbell’s nephew Damon Decree Jr., 13.The accused killers are Campbell’s sister, Shana Decree, 45, and Shana Decree’s daughter, Dominique Decree, 19, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said. Shana Decree is the mother of Damon Decree Jr. and Naa’Irah Smith.Students were among those at Wednesday’s service. “It’s difficult to see our kids in so much pain and having to work through things they shouldn’t have to work through at their age,” Bellis said.But the students were “completely enveloped by the community, loved and supported,” and given “a very safe place to share their grief,” she said.Morrisville’s police chief, who has been “very supportive,” was also at the service, Bellis said. When a pastor acknowledged he was there, the congregation applauded, she said.“That’s how we’re going to move forward,” Bellis said. “Being in solidarity together is what every community needs and certainly what we need during this time.”As mourners hugged and cried, each victim’s name was read followed by a moment of silence, according to the Bucks County Courier Times.Jason Harris, superintendent of the district where victim Damion Decree Jr. went to school, said the 13-year-old “made me smile.”“I knew him personally. He had a close group of friends — they’re really hurting,” Harris told ABC News on Wednesday.The district is bringing in counselors and therapy dogs to help grieving students and staff, he said.Shana Decree and Dominique Decree each face five counts of criminal homicide and one count of conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, prosecutors said.A motive is unclear, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub told reporters Tuesday.Shana Decree and Dominique Decree were both arraigned Tuesday and held without bail, prosecutors said.It was not immediately clear if either suspect had an attorney.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lineup for Indians for World Series Game Five Announced; Napoli Back Hitting Fourth

first_img Matt Loede The Indians lineup for game five of the World Series has been announced, and both Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana are in the lineup tonight after Napoli didn’t start game four but came in later as a pinch-hitter.Here’s what Terry Francona and the Indians will go with for game five against Jon Lester.Rajai Davis CFJason Kipnis 2BFrancisco Lindor SSMike Napoli 1BCarlos Santana LFJose Ramirez 3BBrandon Guyer RFRoberto Perez C Related TopicsCarlos SantanaCubsIndiansMike NapoliWorld Seriescenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Dore among country racing’s elite

first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL PAKENHAM Racing Club’s long serving committee member George Dore was recognised for his services to racing at…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Galway Name Team To Face Kildare

first_imgGalway Manager Kevin Walsh has named his team to face Kildare in the Super 8’s on Sunday Next. There is enforced change with Peter Cooke coming in for the injured Paul Conroy. The Galway team is1. Ruairi Lavelle2. Declan Kyne3. Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh4. Eoghan Kerin5. Cathal Sweeney6. Gareth Bradshaw7. Johnny Heaney8. Peter Cooke9. Thomas Flynn10. Michael Daly11. Shane Walsh12. Seán Kelly13. Ian Burke14. Damien Comer15. Eamonn Branniganprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img