Anniversary Of French Family Murders Approaches

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Reidsville, NC -- So much can change over the course of a year.

On Feb. 1, 2012, Troy and LaDonna French were still alive. A few days later, someone shot and killed them in their home in Rockingham County.

The sheriff says investigators have a DNA profile of whoever pulled the trigger, but no leads on who that DNA belongs to.

"You know, God's a mystery," Troy's mother, Ann French-Faucette, says. "This case is a mystery."

Despite the darkness that comes with despair, French-Faucette sits surrounded by light in her art studio. That's where she's spent a lot of time since someone stole her son and daughter-in-law.

"In his due time, [God] will reveal what he wants. And if he doesn't, then I accept that as well."

Unfazed by the uncertainty, she paints.

"There will probably be some blues [and] there will be some purples, in this hair," French-Faucette says as she works on her latest project -- a painting.

That hair belongs to Ann's granddaughter, Whitley, who survived the attack at the Bethany home in the early-morning hours of Feb. 4, 2012.

"The colors are telling us it's OK to grieve," French-Faucette says of the deep greens and blues. "But the light is behind [Whitley in the painting]. She can see her way. If the light wasn't there she couldn't find her way."

For Ann, that light comes from her faith. For the Rockingham County community, keeping Troy and LaDonna's light alive has meant a year of blue ribbons on mailboxes -- and waiting for justice.

"I can always forgive, but God can forgive the sin," she says of the murderer. "Justice will come."

Until it does, Ann will paint.

"Like I say, it's a mystery. We'll have to wait. I can wait. I'm patient."

In addition to Whitley, Troy and Ladonna had a son -- Hunter. French-Faucette says both children are doing well, considering what happened.

The governor's office offered a $5,000 reward in the case last week.

Anyone with information that could help investigators should call Rockingham County CrimeStoppers at (336) 349-9683.

WFMY News 2

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