The community is saying goodbye to members of a Bellevue family.
It has been more than a week since a mother, son and grandmother were stabbed to death in their own home, and friends and loved ones filled the Williamson Memorial Funeral Home on Monday to pay their respects.
Police are still trying to piece together this puzzle. Investigators believe Craig Garber stabbed neighbors Marylea Jordan, 71, her daughter Michelle Pinkowski and Pinkowski's son, Jonathan Culpepper, 14, early Sept. 2 at their Beach Bend Drive home.
"It's crazy that someone would do that for no reason. It's really sad," said friend Kinnedy Ervin.
Monday, mourners chose to remember better times. Adam Faragalli was Jonathan's Big Brother in the nationwide program that provides mentors for young people.
"Me and him had similar interests. He loved video games. He loved to be outside to go on hikes in Percy Warner Park," Faragalli said.
Ervin was Jonathan's classmate at Hillwood High School and said there is a lot she will miss about him.
"His personality. He had a really good personality," Ervin said.
Jonathan's Boy Scout troop served as pallbearers during the funeral, and as the three caskets drove off for burial, members of the Boy Scout troop were close behind.
Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday for a candlelight vigil in Bellevue at Red Caboose Park.
And a fund has been established for Pinkowski's 9-year-old daughter, who witnessed the scene. Contributions can be made by 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
Also Monday, Garber was officially booked into the Metro jail after treatment at local hospitals for what police believe were self-inflicted stab wounds after the murders.
Garber, 41, is charged with three counts of criminal homicide and is jailed on $1 million bond.
Copyright WSMV 2012 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, May 24 2013 7:48 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:48:47 GMT
One person was killed in a car wreck on I-24 this morning in Rutherford County. The wreck occurred near mile marker 86 in the eastbound lanes, which is partially blocked according to the Tennessee DepartmentMore >>
One person was killed in a car wreck on I-24 this morning in Rutherford County.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:09:40 GMT
A Nashville couple was killed Thursday in a car wreck on Interstate 65 in Kentucky. The crash happened at mile marker 98 near Elizabethtown around 4 p.m. Police said Claire R. Kahane, 75, was drivingMore >>
Emergency responders in central Kentucky had cleared the scene of a crash that killed a Nashville woman when they found the body of her husband nearly 1,000 feet away.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:39 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:39:20 GMT
David Michael Matson
A National Weather Service employee who police said beat a puppy to death and killed another five or six dogs pleaded not guilty Friday to aggravated animal cruelty.Police said last November that DavidMore >>
A man who police said beat a puppy to death and killed another five or six animals pleaded not guilty Friday to aggravated animal cruelty.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:54 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:54:46 GMT
A driver that police said caused a crash that injured two high school cheerleaders is now facing charges. Roni Proctor, 26, of Cumberland Furnace, TN, has been charged with driving under the influenceMore >>
A driver that police said caused a crash that injured two high school cheerleaders is now facing charges.More >>
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling a load of drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water...More >>