Community Looks for Closure, Answers in LaDonna, Troy French Murder Case

11:29 PM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
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Bethany -- "I don't know of anything in my 78 years that has occurred that has caused this much anxiety."

James Moricle has lived in Bethany his entire life, but last February was the first time he didn't feel safe at home.

"Well I tell you, we keep our doors locked now day and night," said James' wife, Dot.

"I was one of the first to go to get training for a concealed weapon and that was because of this happening," explained Moricle.

Six months ago LaDonna and Troy French were murdered in their nearby home.

"Unbelievable, we could not believe it that morning," said Dot. "Because knowing the family and all, we just couldn't understand something like that happening," added James.

The couple knew LaDonna French her entire life.

"She was an outgoing person."

Now, the couples' memory hangs in blue ribbons scattered throughout the community.

"I think we want it there until they do arrest someone."

They are a constant reminder that the French's killer has not been caught.

"Just to show the family that we are with them and that we are hoping and praying that will soon find someone," said Dot.

"I hear people talking about closure all the time but I don't know if you can ever have closure when you lose members of your family," said James.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office is investigating this case but says there is no new information to report.

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