Friends remember slain family

November 6, 2009 3:42:43 PM PST
Family and friends gather at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church Friday.Click here for pictures from the service

Police say on Monday, local businessman William Maxwell, Jr. shot his wife Kathryn and the couple's children - 17-year-old daughter Conner and 15-year-old son Cameron - before turning his pistol on himself.

Rev. John Cook told mourners the family suspected Maxwell had some kind of mental illness.

"[But] none of us knew just how sick he was," Cook said.

The family was heavily involved in the church. Maxwell served as a deacon, and he was remembered Friday as a loving father despite the tragedy.

Meanwhile, comments continued to pour in to a Facebook page set up for mourners.

"We are all very saddened by this but our precious Lord will help all of us through this," wrote family friend Peggy Manning.

Click here to go to the Maxwell family memorial page on Facebook to read more comments

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