Neighbors are rallying to support the young survivor of a horrific triple murder that has caused a deep hole in the heart of Bellevue.
Marylea Jordan, 71, her daughter Michelle Pinkowski and Pinkowski's son, Jonathan Culpepper, 14, were killed at their Beach Bend Drive home early Sunday, and suspect Craig Garber remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition under the guard of an officer.
By sunrise Tuesday, parents at the school where Pinkowski's 9-year-old daughter attended class had already started a fundraiser to take care of the three burials of the victims.
At the center of Bellevue is Red Caboose Park, which often serves as the community meeting ground. Whether it is for Easter egg hunts or the Bellevue Picnic, it is a place of community celebration. But now, the park will be the site of a candlelight vigil and grieving.
By early Tuesday, a burial and benevolence fund was established at the Pinnacle Bank branch on Highway 70. Soon after, Bellevue Councilman Bo Mitchel had opened a Paypal account that will allow people to donate directly to the account online.
And the response has been pretty typical. Remember, some 200 families in Bellevue were affected by the great flood and Harpeth Valley helped their own then, just like now.
Other ways to donate include visiting any Bank of America branch and asking for the Mike and Cynthia Jordan Fund. Also, checks made payable to the Harpeth Valley PTO Burial and Benevolence Fund will be accepted at:
Harpeth Valley Elementary School 7840 Learning Ln. Nashville, TN 37221
The 9-year-old girl, who happened to witness her grandmother's death before running to a neighbor's house and had that person call 911, is currently in custody of the Department of Children's Services.
A candlelight vigil for the victims is set for Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Red Caboose Park, 656 Colice Jeanne Rd.
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