Updated 07/19/2011 07:33 AM
White Creek murder victims laid to rest
Five days after White Creek was rocked by a deadly shooting and fire, the community comes together to say a final farewell to the victims. Our Matt Hunter has more.
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WHITE CREEK, N.Y. – For the town of White Creek and the three families rocked by last week's tragedy, Monday will always be a day in which everyone said goodbye, yet few gained closure.
"There's a lot of things in this world you can't make sense of and this, I don't know, it just doesn't seem right," said Charles Springer, the great uncle of Joshua O’Brien, one of the three victims.
Inside the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, several hundred friends, family and community members paid their final respects to 44-year-old Lisa Harrington, her husband, 41-year-old Dan Harrington, and his 24-year-old son, O’Brien, the three victims in Wednesday's fire on Turnpike Road.
During the hour long service, dozens spoke kind and heartfelt words about each.
"It was just a good service,” said Springer. “I enjoyed listening to the people talk and how they loved each other as well as they did, how strong they are as a family."
From the start, police labeled the circumstances surrounding the fire suspicious.
Investigators say that Matthew Slocum, 23, Lisa Harrington's son, entered the home, shot all three victims in their own beds before lighting the house on fire with gasoline. They say he took off in his mother's Ford Mustang, leading police on a day-long manhunt, before being arrested in New Hampshire late that night.
One day later, he was arraigned on three counts of second degree murder, one count of second degree arson and one count of first degree arson in White Creek Town Court. Slocum pleaded not-guilty to all five charges.
"You just can't believe that it happened, you can't believe that something like that would take place,” Springer said. “Because when the family is talking with them at 10 o'clock at night and 3 o'clock in the morning they're gone, what do you feel?"
Following the service, the remains of all three were carried out in urns and placed in a lone hearse, which drove in a lengthy procession to a nearby cemetery.
For grieving loved ones in search of answers, closure did not come there. It will likely come down the road, inside a courtroom.
Slocum is scheduled to make his second appearance inside a Washington County Courtroom Tuesday at the Cambridge Village Court.