Roseburg community honors mother & two daughters killed: "Our hearts are broken"

"The grief is staggering, but so has the support been. They're just shocked," said Reverend Darrel Lee.

Posted: Nov 19, 2017 11:32 AM
Updated: Nov 20, 2017 12:34 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Hundreds of people gathered at a Roseburg church on Saturday to remember three family members tragically killed earlier this month.

"The grief is staggering, but so has the support been. They're just shocked," said Reverend Darrel Lee, the Superintendent General of Apostolic Faith Church.

The memorial service for Dondi, Amory and Tia was held at the Redeemer's Fellowship. Every seat inside the church was taken, as they shared memories and celebrated each of their lives.

"Our hearts are broken that one of our loving church families has suffered such a devastating blow," said Reverend Lee.

Tragedy struck the Adams family on November 7th, when police say Robert Adams returned to his home and found his wife Dondi, daughter Amory, and foster daughter Tia, had been killed.

Reverend Lee says the Adams had been members of the Roseburg Apostolic Faith Church for years.
He said Dondi, who was 55-years-old, was one of the church's main piano players and also loved the harp.

He said Amory, 26-years-old, and Tia, 10-years-old, shared their mother's love of music; both were involved in the church orchestra and in teaching Sunday school.

Tia was also remembered for her energy and love of cats. Amory, like her mother, was known for her big heart.

To honor their memories, he said the church is setting up a music scholarship fund: "To help students who want to excel in music and to perfect their craft and ultimately use their craft for the glory of God and participate in our church services," said Reverend Lee.

Reverend Lee said the love and support from the community has been a blessing for Robert and his daughter Vienna. He said although they're in pain, their faith is strong.

"We want to continue to pray for them and support them best we can," said Reverend Lee.

If you would like to make a donation to the family, click here to donate through the Apostolic Faith Church or click here to donate through GoFundMe.com. All of the donations will go toward a music scholarship that has been established in the memory of Dondi, Amory, and Tia.

On November 14th, Reverend Lee said the Adams, Crowe, and Olson families asked him to pass on this message:

“To our family, friends, and the family of God around the world:
We have no way to truly express our gratitude for your love, support, and most valuable of all, your prayers. The calls, texts, messages and emails told us we were not alone in our grief. The generous gifts and food brought nourishment to our bodies and comfort to our hurting hearts. There is no end to the ways we have felt blessed, even through the tears and pain. Please continue to lift us up before the throne of the One who does all things well.”

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