Community gathers to mourn family found dead in burning Jeffersontown home
Dozens of people gathered Monday night outside of the home where four people from one family were found dead over the weekend after an arson.
JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) – Dozens of people gathered Monday night outside of the Jeffersontown home where four people from one family were found dead over the weekend after an arson.
According to LMPD, first responders got the initial reports of a fire around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at a home on Saratoga Springs Place in Jeffersontown.
Four bodies were recovered from the home.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the four as Billie Joe Hettinger, 32, her husband Brad Hettinger, 33, and the couple’s two children, four-year-old Courtney and five-year-old Collin.
On Monday afternoon, LMPD announced the deaths had been ruled a murder-suicide.
“Three of the victims were shot and killed prior to the house being set on fire. The fourth person sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Lt. Todd Kessinger with the LMPD Homicide Unit.
Lt. Kessinger said it was Brad Hettinger who shot and killed his wife and two children, then set fires in the family’s home, and eventually shot and killed himself.
At Monday night’s service, people lit candles and sang songs in memory of the Hettinger family as they leaned on one another for support.
“I figured maybe 10 or 15 people would show up, and it’s a little overwhelming,” said Eddie Smith, a neighbor of the Hettingers who organized the vigil. “We were just crying together and praying together and trying to make sense of it all.”
“It was almost a perfect family, and for this to happen, we may never know why,” said Melissa Halfhill, a neighbor who attended the vigil.
At this point, LMPD has not commented on a possible motive for the killings.
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