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Capacity crowd gathers for Culpeper prayer vigil


A capacity crowd gathered to remember the young lives lost in an apparent murder-suicide in Culpeper. Three children were murdered. The youngest child was just 4 years old.

The pastor encouraged those who attended the vigil to praise and pray their way through this tragedy.

“All you folks that want to be mad at the world,” said pastor Derek Matthis. “Not here and not tonight.”

Three little girls 4-year-old Olivia, 6-year-old Oniya, 13-year-old Onesha and their mother Shauna Washington were found dead.

“I feel awful,” said family member Tori Minor. “This is my family. They are gone.”

Culpeper Deputies say the family was shot and killed by the man of the home, Clarence Washington, who would later turn the gun on himself

 “I’m not angry at my uncle not one bit,” said Minor. “I think what he did was horrible, but that was my uncle. He was a loving and caring man. He would give the shirt off his back to anybody. That is why this is so shocking and hard. He wasn’t a bad man at all.”

Deputies were on hand to direct traffic at St. Stevens Baptist church. A capacity crowd came out for the vigil.

“In a small town like Culpeper,” said pastor Matthis. “Everybody feels the pain, and no one can ever remember anything like this happening ever before, and so our goal is to try to bring healing to the family.”

The children’s elementary school music teacher was on hand to remember his young students.

“It has been tough,” said teacher Ben Temple. “It has been tough explaining it to the kids.”


The family has not settled on funeral arrangements. Stay with NBC12 for updates. 

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