Remembering Neosho Tragedy

1 decade 1 year 2 months ago Sunday, August 19 2007 Aug 19, 2007 Sunday, August 19, 2007 1:34:43 PM CDT August 19, 2007 in News

The victims of last Sunday's tragedy had connections with people all over Missouri, including some right in Boonville.

Linda Jones and Reverend Mary Harris-Koth don't live in Neosho and they never have. They met the Rehobson family this past spring at a church convention in Sedalia.

"Oh it was very painful. It was the first thing that came on when I woke up that morning, and my gut just told me it had to have been them," Jones, friend of the victims, said.

Jones says the Rehobsons were very special to her. In fact, so special she had them host a luau for her just last month. The luau was to celebrate Jones's 25 years in business and to recognize the Rehobsons Micronesian background.

"They were very kind, very giving, very open about their convictions," Jones said.

"It's a culture of sweetness and purity," Harris-Koth explains.

Jones says she still can't believe Eiken Elam Saimon allegedly shot the Rehobsons, people whom he knew.

"He will be judged. Not only in the courtroom, but he will also have to pay for what he did," Jones said.

More than 1,000 mourners packed into a funeral home in Anderson, Missouri this morning for a joint funeral for all three victims. The community will hold a public memorial tomorrow.

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