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Friends Remember Triple Murder Victims

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INGLEWOOD, Tenn- Friends are waiting to hear funeral arrangements for Marylea Jordan, the 71 year old killed in Sunday's triple stabbing in Bellevue.

They remember Marylea as a devoted mother and a selfless grandmother. When most women her age are retiring and settling into life as a senior citizen, Marylea took up yoga, a gym membership and adopted her two young grandchildren to try and give them a better life and prevent them from ending up in foster care.

"She is an exceptional woman she loved her grandchildren and she tried to keep them all together she is what kept that family going," said her friend, Suzanne Adams.

"She gave up her own life in order to take care of them. And but when you were with her you could see that it brought her a lot of joy even though it was difficult for her to do that," said Carol Mannchen.

Friends say she'd do anything for the two children and on Sunday morning in their Bellevue home she put her life on the line to protect them.

Police say Marylea awoke to her grandson's screams for help from inside his bedroom. Police believe when she got to the doorway, she saw their neighbor, 41 year old Craig Garber, stabbing the teenager. She tried to stop him, but instead police say he turned the knife on her.

"Just really upsets me that anybody could be so mean as to slay children that man had to be mentally sick you know," said Adams.

Marylea probably didn't realize it, but her cries for help are what likely woke up her 9 year old granddaughter and enabled the little girl to run to safety.

"She was probably woken up in the middle of the night so it was probably like a bad dream," said Mannchen.

Now these friends are trying to pick up where Marylea left off: taking care of the only survivor, the 9 year old granddaughter that she loved so dearly.

"She had a rough life all her life it was finally getting to be normal and now she is traumatized again," said Manchenn.

Marylea's Friends in the Red Hat Society are raising money for a college fund for her 9 year old granddaughter. They are hoping people in the community will help ensure that the little girl has a chance for a normal life despite her now disturbing past.

That fund is set up at the First Tennessee Bank in Inglewood. There will be a candlelight memorial on Saturday night at the Red Caboose Park Bellevue at 7pm.

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