Funeral services held for Sipe family in Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG, VA (WWBT) – Memories and tears today as three family members tragically killed last week were laid to rest. The Sipe family was among eight people shot to death in Appomattox. For this small community, shock has given way to a week of mourning.

The sky opened up to the sun just as the victims from one of western Virginia's darkest days were being remembered. Three caskets carried the bodies of an Appomattox family; 37 year old Lauralee Sipe, her husband 38 year old Dwayne Sipe and their four year old son Joshua. Lauralee's 15 year old daughter Morgan Dobyns was laid to rest Sunday.

One week ago Tuesday the entire family was gunned down in a shooting rampage at their home. Funeral services lasted more than an hour. Hundreds were on hand to mourn.

The Sipe family moved to Virginia a year ago to be closer to family. Dwayne owned a construction company and had recently formed a new company with his brothers in the hopes of bringing more high tech jobs to the area. He served the country as a gunner for the Navy in the Gulf War.

He married Lauralee, a graduate of Rustburg High and a mother of two. Lauralee and Dwayne had just started remodeling their home in the hopes of making more accessible for Lauralee's 100 year old grandmother, whom they intended to bring back from Atlanta.

Family member asked for privacy inside the funeral home. There were seen from the outside hugging. The wind the only sound as the long funeral procession took their bodies to Appomattox to be buried together.

Christopher Speight is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. He's charged with one count of first degree murder with more charges still pending.

Funerals for the other victims will be held Tuesday. Bo Scruggs will be remembered at two p.m. at the Robinson Funeral Home in Appomattox. Services for Jonathan, Karen and Emily Quarles will be at three o'clock, at Heritage Baptist Church in Lynchburg.

The Quarles family today released a statement about the loss of their loved ones. You can view that statement by clicking the link to the right of this article.

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