Community Showing Support For Members Of Murdered BA Family


Monday, July 27th 2015, 11:21 pm
By: News On 6


Two Broken Arrow brothers are behind bars while their two sisters are without family.

Robert Bever, 18, and Michael Bever, 16, are accused of stabbing their parents and three of their siblings to death.

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Police said their 13-year-old sister is recovering after she was wounded, and another sister, 2 years old, was unharmed.

Now, the Broken Arrow community is joining together to show the Bever family compassion as they, and people across the country, are trying to understand how something so terrible could happen.

Not only have five lives been lost, but two children are without their immediate family; something that struck a nerve with two women who are doing what they can to show their support.

Teddy bears and flowers make what was a gruesome crime scene, a place to honor the five lives lost.

Two women, Glenna Parkman and Cindy Rigney - perfect strangers to the Bever family - started the makeshift memorial, and Wednesday night at 7:30, they’re hosting a candlelight vigil at the home.

"You know, I would want someone to do this for my family if it had happened to me, or my husband or anybody. Just to show the 13-year-old and the 2-year-old, that not everybody is bad," Parkman said.

She and Rigney are inspired by what they say Broken Arrow police have told them - that the 13-year-old girl, recovering in the hospital, is encouraged by every display of love for her family.

They want to take donations at the vigil for the girls.

"We'll find out clothing sizes and things like that. What her preferences are as far as toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, you know, she's going to need everything," said Rigney.

Lawrence Lane also feels a moral obligation to pay his respects.

"I just feel like we oughtta all try to love each other, and we oughtta have compassion whether we know the people or not," he said.

Parkman said, "You know, they don't have family now, so our community became their family."

The women said to feel free to bring a card, a toy, girls’ clothing or just come as you are.

They're working with police to get the items to the girls.