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Neighbors in Shock after Bellevue Triple Homicide

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by: Kim Gebbia and Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A Bellevue community is in shock after the gruesome deaths of grandmother, mother and son.

Neighbors placed flowers outside Marylea Jordan's Bellevue home as a makeshift memorial for 71- year-old Jordan, her daughter Michelle Pinkowski and grandson 14-year-old Jonathan Culpepper. All three were brutally stabbed to death early Sunday morning.  Police believe a neighbor, Craig Garber, is responsible for the crime.

"The scene is very bloody; it's not something that you see in Nashville. We have had scenes like this over the years, but these scenes are rare," said Metropolitan Nashville Police Spokesperson Don Aaron.

Crime scene tape still covers the home as police continue to investigate why this happened.

There was nearly a fourth victim, Pinkowski's 9-year-old daughter who also lived at 808 Beech Bend Dr. Police say she woke up on the couch and saw her grandma being stabbed. She took off through a back door and ran to her friend's house.

Jason Zimmerman opened his door to find the 9-year-old begging for help.

"She said she saw him stab her grandma 16 or 17 times," said Zimmerman, "that is what she said."

Zimmerman grabbed his gun and ran to the house to find out what was going on.  He saw Garber walking around calmly inside, but he would not answer the door.  Moments later, police arrived, and Garber did answer the door covered in blood.

"He was covered from neck down in blood," said Zimmerman, "it was like a movie. I have never seen blood like that before in my life."

Police say they found the three victims scattered throughout the house.  Garber had stabbed himself several times.

"He uttered something to the officer in the effect of, ‘Just kill me.' He complied and was arrested," explained Aaron.

Neighbors said the scene was shocking, and the lives of "good people" were cut short.

"These were people I prayed with, and despite all their issues, they were nice people. Even Craig with all his issues, deep down these people were good people," said neighbor Jacki Allison.

Allison lives in-between Garber and the three victims. She knew they were friends; they had an argument on Saturday, but she never thought it would lead to a triple murder next door.

The 9-year-old is staying with an uncle in Fairview.  Counselors are expected to be at her school, Harpeth Valley Elementary, as well as her brother's school, Hillwood High School Tuesday to help students cope with the tragedy.

Funeral arrangements for the family are still pending.

Garber is in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center.  Charges are pending.

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