Farmville murder victim remembered

By Tara Morgan - bio | email
Posted by Chris Berdoz - email

APPOMATTOX, VA (WWBT) - A visitation wrapped up not long ago for for pastor Mark Niederbrock, one of four people found murdered last friday in Farmville.

Nearly thirty miles away in Farmville, a crime scene clean up crew worked at the house where Niederbrock and three others were killed. This as friends and loved ones gathered here at Robinson Funeral Home to pay their respects to a man who made a big impression on a small community.

One after another, mourners filed into Robinson Funeral Home Wednesday night. Mark Niederbrock's mother Jan shared this picture of her son and granddaughter, Emma.

Not far from a closed casket, more pictures illustrating Mark's life flashed across a video screen including his time spent leading Walker's Presbyterian Church in Hixburg.

"Tears and laughter good memories." said resident Gus Paulette.

"He was a really really nice person I wish I had known him longer." said resident John Curry.

At the crime scene in Farmville, a cleaning crew continued its daunting task. The home of Niederbrock's estranged wife, Debra Kelley and their daughter Emma still surrounded by police tape. They along with Emma's friend Melanie Wells were found bludgeoned to death inside the two-story home.

Suspect Richard McCroskey is being held in isolation at Piedmont Regional Jail. His attorney, Cary Bowen, visited with his client Wednesday. Bowen described the accused killer as being overwhelmed and in shock.

Back in Appomattox, mourners of Mark Niederbrock tried to focus on happier times.

"Just genuine and just a true person." Paulette said.

"He was the nicest person you'd ever want to meet made me feel really really welcome." Curry said.

Mark Niederbrock's funeral is tomorrow morning at 11 at Walker's Presbyterian Church in Hixburg.

Funeral services for Longwood Professor Debra Kelley will be held Saturday, October 3, at 2 p.m. at the Farmville United Methodist Church.  Funeral services for her daughter, Emma Niederbrock, will follow at 6 p.m. at the same church.

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