LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. – There was a full spectrum of emotions on Tuesday morning as family and friends gathered at St. Augustine Church to honor the lives of Maria and Allen Lockrow.
"Here we are today, grieving certainly, angry of course," said Pastor James Spenard.
The Lockrow's are the victims of a brutal murder that happened last week in their Lansingburgh home. Police say someone forced entry into their home and a neighbor called 911 after hearing commotion coming from inside. When officers arrived at the scene, 51-year-old Allen was deceased, and 59-year-old Maria was taken to the hospital where she later died.
There are still unanswered questions as to why the murders took place so family and friends turned to prayers and to hope.
"Let's remember them as the kind and gentle people they really were," said Jim Sullivan, Allen Lockrow's brother-in-law.
Allen Lockrow once worked at St. Augustine's Church and the couple was also married there.
"A smile, a wave, a handshake, a hug, a laugh that will stay with me forever," said Sullivan.
On Tuesday, loved ones remembered how the couple lived, not how they died. Maria was a long time nurse who dedicated her life to servicing others. Family said that she cared for her ailing mother along with many others, a legacy the family wants to leave behind.
"A loving compassionate, strong willed woman, who loved him with all her heart," said Sullivan.
Allen was remembered as a long time city employee who loved horses, cold beer, and hot peppers. He also had a smile that never quit, according to the family.
"Let us not live here today with the remembrance of the despicable, cowardly act that took them away from us, but lets remember them as the kind, gentle people they really were," said Sullivan.
The service stressed that every morning can be renewed, hoping Tuesday will be a new day for a community so affected by violence.
Investigators say they're still on the lookout for two men who took off in the couple's car. Police say the suspects were last seen taking off in a blue Ford Escape with New York license plates CKL 8018. Anyone with information should contact authorities.