It was a heart breaking funeral service in Warsaw, North Dakota today, 30-miles north of Grand Forks.
Three of Kevin and Rebecca Schuster's five children were buried. The three children, along with their Grandmother, Martha Johnson were murdered during a shooting at Johnson's, New Town home earlier this month.
Martha Johnson was buried in New Town on Monday.
Police say the suspect in the case, 21-year old Kalcie Eagle killed himself, following the shootings. Authorities haven't disclosed yet, what may have motivated the incident.
Understandably, Father John Kleinschmidt said just before today's service that he's never had to deal with anything like this. He says everyone will just have to face it with a lot of prayer.
Family and friends filed by three caskets at the front of the church and moved on to offer their condolences to Kevin and Rebecca Schuster.
One of their sons survived the incident by playing dead. A second daughter survived because she happened to be out of the house sledding when it happened. But, 13-year old Ben, 10-year old Julia and 6-year old Luke were all taken, just as their lives were beginning.
Just before the service started, Rebecca Schuster kissed three of her children goodbye…. for the very last time.
Father John Kleinschmidt: "For those children, the minute they go to the next life they're being thrown onto this ocean of life and love. For the, it's not seen in the same way as we see it from this side, because we feel the separation."
So, while Father Kleinschmidt, family and friends do what they can, one family is left with scars that will likely never heal, and terrible memories that will last a lifetime.
A benefit fund has been setup to help the Schuster family with financial expenses. Donations can be sent to:
Kevin J. Schuster Family Benefit, c/o KodaBank, P.O. Box 315, Minto, ND 58261