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Archive for Sunday, April 23, 2006

Funeral for six relatives found slain is packed

April 23, 2006

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— Six family members found beaten to death in a rural Pennsylvania home were buried Saturday in the hometown of the eldest victim, the grandmother of the suspected killer.

Hundreds of friends and family members packed a revival-style service at a local funeral home, where the caskets of four adults, a teenager and a child were arrayed at the front of the chapel. Some mourners chartered a bus from New York, where the family lived before moving to the small town of Leola, Pa., where the slayings occurred.

Relatives of Emily Wise, 64, proceeded down the chapel aisle reading Bible verses as everyone stood, clapped and shouted.

Police say Jesse Wise Jr., 21, killed his relatives over Palm Sunday weekend. The man also is accused of killing his uncle Jessie James Wise, 17; his aunt Agnes Arleen Wise, 43; another aunt, Wanda Wise, 45; and her two children, Skyler Wise, 19; and Chance, 5. All were bludgeoned or strangled, authorities said.

Jesse Wise Jr. is charged with six counts of criminal homicide.

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