APPOMATTOX, VA (WWBT) - Final good-byes in Appomattox County today as friends and relatives remember slain pastor Mark Niederbrock.
Niederbrock was one of four people found dead at a home in nearby Farmville nearly one week ago.
In a short, yet poignant funeral 20 miles from the Prince Edward County Courthouse, mourners said farewell to a man described as someone who would be at your side in the midst of hardship.
Today, clergy from across Central Virginia gathered to support his grieving friends and family struggling to cope with this tragedy.
"My best memory of mark is seeing him baptized," said pastor Bert Cloud, who traveled from Disputanta to say a final farewell to his friend pastor Mark Niederbrock.
Cloud recalled the vows mark took the day of his baptism years ago, vows to reject the forces of evil. On this day, Cloud says those memories returned to the forefront as he thought of Mark's final moments.
"I have to think that in the midst of that moment he truely was working through that vow to reject those powers of evil in this world as he faced his last moments," said Cloud.
Cloud was joined by more than 100 people for a graveside service outside Walker's Presbyterian Church in Hixburg.
Niederbrock came to the church as a student pastor while attending Union Theological Seminary in Richmond.
Cloud's wife, who is also a pastor, says she was impressed by Niederbrock's drive to become a man of faith.
"The amazing way he turned his life around and we traveled a similar journey leaving a profession leaving everything he knew to serve God and to love people he was an amazing person," said Rev. Regina Anderson Cloud.
His grieving congregation and loved ones now look to each other for comfort as they search for answers and struggle with their grief.
"Keep the faith Mark would have said keep the faith."
Friends say Niederbrock had a strong bond with his daughter Emma, also found dead along with his estranged wife, Debra Kelley and Emma's friend Melanie Wells nearly one week ago.