|Updated: 1/11/2013 10:18 am
||Published: 1/10/2013 3:22 pm
Funeral arrangements are being made for the four women who were shot and killed on Monday afternoon.
Rebeika Powell, Kayetie Melchor, Misty Nunley and Julie Jackson died when they were shot execution-style at the Fairmont Terrace Apartments near 61st and Peoria.
The high-profile nature of this horrific crime has touched many of you. Now two local banks are accepting donations to cover their funeral costs.
Arvest Bank along with RCB banks both has funds set up.
It’s a way for the community to give to these grieving families, as they prepare to say a final goodbye to their loved ones.
Dustin Schluterman was at home on Monday when he heard the horrific news about the slaying of four women. Shocked and saddened, he went to bed wishing he could do something.
“God can use ordinary people to fulfill His purposes, and I just felt led,” he says.
After contacting a local attorney and several banks in town, Arvest Bank worked with him to set up a funeral fund for the victims.
"The money will actually go directly to the funeral home to cover all of the expenses, anything more will be rolled into a trust for the two children that were left behind by the twins,” he says.
Local funeral home, Crown Hill is also bringing comfort and peace to the families of Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor by offering them a reduced price. The twin girls leave behind a 3-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter.
“No one expects or deserves to have to bury two children in a lifetime, let alone at one time,” says Mike McConnell with Crown Hill funeral home.
Right now, the average funeral can cost a minimum of $7500 and up.
It’s thousands of dollars that most people don’t have.
"It's a lot of money when you have it and it's overwhelming when you don't,” says McConnell.
As the families of the victim’s prepare to say goodbye one final time, Dustin hopes people will be moved to give.
"Once the girl's memorial is taken care of their memory will remain, but they have two very real children that will need care and that's where the focus needs to shift,” he says.
Services for Rebeika and Kayetie are expected to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at God's Shining Light Church. The family says it will cremate their bodies.
Right now, If you would like to donate, the RCB Bank has a fund called the Powell Sisters Memorial fund, and Arvest Bank has a fund called the Kayetie and Rebeika Powell funeral fund. You can donate at any Arvest or RCB location.