Murdered twins laid to rest

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - It was an emotional day in Mechanicsville as two murdered three year-olds were laid to rest.

Police say Caroline and Madison King were murdered by their father last week.

It's been hard for many people to make sense of the tragic deaths of Caroline and Madison. Many people, even some that didn't know the twins, showed up Friday morning hoping to find some closure.

More than an hour before the funeral was scheduled to start, people were already filing into Immanuel Episcopal Church.

Caroline and Madison had just started preschool only a few feet away from where their friends and family came to pay their final respects.

Elaine Gardner and Joan Beal both arrived early. They say the last week has been difficult for everyone that knew Caroline, Madison and their family.

"I never thought I'd be attending a funeral here for two little twin girls," Beal said. "Especially for two little twin girls who were murdered."

Police were called to the King home last Saturday. The twins' mother found the children dead inside the home with their father. Police say there was a lethal amount of carbon monoxide in the house after Rob King pumped exhaust from his minivan into the home.

Many people in Mechanicsville say it's hard to understand how something like this could happen.

"It's just such a tragedy," said Jennifer Ross. "You hear about it on the news, but when it hits close to home, it just really tears you up."

Hanover is not a community that's used to such heartache. People at Friday morning's funeral say it's going to be a long road ahead to heal from this tragedy.

"It's hard to understand," Beal said. "But we have faith and we know the children are with Christ and that's the only thing we can take hope in, that they are in a better place."

A memorial fund for Caroline and Madison's family has been set up to help pay for the funeral. You can donate at any local BB&T branch.

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