The Laurel Five: (clockwise from top right)
Roy Napier, Angela Napier, Melissa Napier
shown with surviving daughter Cierra Mann,
Jacob Napier, and Henry Smith.
Todd Funeral Home
(Connersville, Ind.) - Four family members shot and killed more than a week ago in Franklin County have been laid to rest just a short walk from the scene of their murders.
Funeral director James Todd of Todd Funeral Centre & Crematory in Rushville covered the initial costs of the funerals for the Napier family. The services took place Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Connersville.
“I’ve never had a service as large as an entire family,” said Todd.
Roy Napier, 50, his ex-wife Angela, 47, and their two grown children, Melissa, 23, and Jacob, 18, were found shot to death in a home on Stipps Hill Road in western Franklin County on Sunday, September 25.
Across the street in a second home, family friend Henry Smith, 43, was also dead of a gunshot. Smith’s funeral was Monday at Buena Vista Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Laurel.
The Napier family has one survivor, 26-year-old son Josh Napier. Because he could not afford to bury his entire family, Todd and his wife stepped in to help out.
“When you have some people who have lost everything, you have to give something back. I’m very happy to do that in this case,” Todd said.
The churches which hosted the funerals also donated their facilities.
All the victims, known now as the Laurel Five, have been buried at a cemetery on Stipps Hill Road, near the homes where they were killed.
The lone person of interest in the murders, David Ison, remains in custody in Ripley County on a $5 million bond for an unrelated armed robbery charge. He has not been charged in connection with the massacre.