HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-There are still few answers in a shocking double murder in South Huntsville that has left a tight-knit school heartbroken. But Tuesday night parents and students of Mountain Gap Elementary rallied together to remember two fallen victims considered part of their family.
Several dozen parents and students held a candlelight vigil outside the school where 7 year-old Zachary Stone attended. Police say Stephen Marc Stone killed his wife Krista and his oldest son over the weekend. Prayers, songs and plenty of hugs went around at the impromptu memorial service, which occurred just a few miles from the home where both murder victims were discovered Sunday.
The touching tribute was organized by Mountain Gap parents in the span of just a few hours Tuesday.
“When something happens to one of ours, everyone really binds together,” said Keri Klaus, whose two daughters attend the school. “I think everyone is taking it one day at a time. I know his [Zachary’s] teacher has obviously had a difficult time, but she is rallying her class together.”
Pastor Matt Tidmore oversaw Zachary in the children’s ministry at The Rock Family Worship Center. Tidmore said the Stone family had been attending the Huntsville-based church for the last year. Friends, family members and neighbors have all told WHNT News 19 that there were no prior hints of warning signs or unusual behavior before the shocking crime occurred.
“He [Zach] was so outgoing,” said Tidmore. “I saw him around the church with his family, and was such a good kid. He reflected that kind spirit and always had a smile on his face, same attitude his mom had. He reflected Krista’s love and generosity, and was a blessing to us.”
Huntsville Police have yet to reveal a cause of death or a motive. Stephen Marc Stone remains behind bars on capitol murder charges. Funeral services for Zachary and Krista Stone will be held Friday in Midland City, Alabama.