Knox Co. Community Reeling From 'Evil Personified'


UPDATED: Monday November 22, 2010 6:20 PM

Two slain Knox County women and a boy will be laid to rest this week as their accused killer prepares to face a judge and a community continues to cope with the tragedy surrounding the case. 

The family of Tina Herrmann and her son, Kody Maynard, will receive friends on Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna, from 2-4 p.m, and from 6-9 p.m.

Their funeral will be held Wednesday.

The family of the third victim, Stephanie Sprang, will receive friends and family from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Flowers-Snyder funeral home in Mount Vernon. 

The mother of three will be buried during a private ceremony on Wednesday.

The weekend brought little solace for a community trying to cope and understand why the three were killed, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.

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"We're hurting," said Rev. Todd Miller of the Amity-Apple Valley Baptist Chapel.  "We're hurting as a group, we're hurting as community."

Miller and his members were familiar with Kody Maynard, who attended services at the chapel.  The fact that the boy is now referred to in the past tense was tough for everyone to absorb, especially for friends and classmates.

"My heart breaks for our young people. Our church has an abundance of middle school and elementary school kids, and it's a shame that they have to be exposed to such a thing," Miller said. "But as a church and an outreach, we need to be able to comfort them and let them know we're here for them."

Miller said his community as come face-to-face with "evil-personified."

"That is evil in the light of one person, evil in the light of sin, and sin, when it's fully magnified and fully developed equals death, and that's what we've seen," he said.

Still, Miller said the community of Apple Valley would heal in time.

"It's still raw for a lot of people," Miller said. "Can healing start now? Yes, it can start. With Christ all things are possible."

 The suspect in the three slayings, Matthew Hoffman, remains in custody, facing a charge stemming from the kidnapping of 13-year-old Sarah Maynard.

He was expected to face a judge on Tuesday, when it will be decided if there is probable cause to move forward with the case, 10TV News reported.

Prosecutors said last week that they were working on additional charges against Hoffman.  Those charges could come in 4-6 weeks, prosecutors said.

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