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Troy And LaDonna French Buried Wednesday; Community Members Still Uneasy

6:15 AM, Feb 9, 2012   |    comments
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Reidsville, NC -- Hundreds of people paid their final respects to the victims of a weekend home invasion during a funeral service Wednesday afternoon.

A visitation for Troy and LaDonna French on Tuesday night drew hundreds of people to the Reidsville Christian Church and Wednesday's funeral wasn't much different. Their deaths have caused heartache for the family and their community.

Now, four days after their murders, their killer is still on the loose.

Investigators haven't released much information about the case since Saturday, and they kept quiet again Wednesday.

So while the funeral provided some closure, there's still a lot that people are wondering about.

"Until some questions and things are answered I think that fear factor is going to be up for a while," Waldo Smith said. He's a local locksmith, but lately he's been replacing locks and doing counseling.

"People want to know: is this a random act?" Smith said.

His phone has been ringing off the hook the last few days. Some callers are looking for new locks, but everyone wants reassurance.

"[The situation] has led to a little bit more business, but mainly more of the psychological [work], honestly," he said. "People just want to know. People just want to know if they're safe."

He takes no pleasure in staying busy off someone else's misfortune. And in his mind, people here are safe.

"They need to be extra cautious, but at the same time understand this isn't the norm," he said.

But the only way things will get back to normal is if the killer is caught.

"[People] want this thing to come to a close, not only for their sake but also the family's sake," Smith said.

Sheriff Sam Page said Monday he understands people will feel uneasy until investigators arrest someone. But his spokesman said Wednesday that there are no new updates in the case.

WFMY News 2

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