Below is a statement from the Sipe family, who lost four family members in the Appomattox murders Tuesday: Dwayne Sipe, 38, Lauralee Sipe, 38, Morgan Dobyns, 15, and Joshua Sipe, 4.
The Sipe family would like to make a statement involving the events which have transpired over the last few days. We are in the process of coming to grips with this horrific tragedy that has so abruptly impacted our lives. We wish to share a few brief facts about our family members in hope to shed some light on how they lived there lives.
The Sipes were originally from the Lynchburg area. Dwayne held several jobs before forming a commercial construction company in Atlanta Georgia. Dwayne was a devoted brother, father and husband. Dwayne attended EC Glass high school and had service in the US Navy during the first Gulf War assigned to the battleship USS Wisconsin. With two children from a previous marriage, Dwayne married Lauralee Dobbins Sipe and together they had one son named Joshua. Also in the family was Lauralee's daughter Morgan Dobyns. In early 2009, the Sipe family moved back to Appomattox Virginia to be close to family and to help take care of the property left to Lauralee and her brother by Lauralees mother. In the community, Dwayne and Lauralee were very active. Dwayne had recently formed a new company with his two brothers (Bobby New of Manassas Va and Robert B New of Campbell County) in the hopes to bring high tech jobs into the area. The Sipes were beginning to remodel the family home in Appomattox to make it more accessible for Lauralee and Christopher's 100 year old grandmother, whom they intended to bring back from Atlanta. In an attempt to insure that Christopher and there grandmother would be secure for the foreseeable future, the Sipe family executed a deed of trust giving Christopher the rights to the property in Appomattox. They had intended to present that agreement to him this week.
Our family is grateful for all of the correspondence we are getting and the prayers offered by family and friends. Because of the expenses set out by this event, the family has set up a fund to assist with funeral costs and to provide the balance to charity. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that a donation be made to the Sipe Family Memorial Fund c/o Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg Virginia.
Funeral arrangements for Dwayne Shannon Sipe, Lauralee D Sipe, and Joshua Sipe are being handled by Tharp funeral home. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Heritage Baptist Church on Saturday January 23, 2010 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. The funeral services will be held at the same location on Monday January 25, 2010 at 11 am with internment to follow at Liberty Cemetery in Appomattox Va.
Arrangements for Morgan Dobyns are being handled by Heritage Funeral Home. Visitation is scheduled for Saturday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Service in Lynchburg and her funeral will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the same location
The Family has full confidence in the law enforcement agencies who are handling this investigation and intends to cooperate fully in that matter. Any questions relating to the criminal case should be directed towards the Virginia State Police or the Appomattox County Sheriffs Office. Any questions about the family should be directed towards its spokes person Robert B New at the addresses listed below.