Richard Parker Was Sunday School Teacher, Hosted Children at Lebanon, Tennessee Home
Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 04:47 PM CST
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Richard Parker, the son-in-law who has been charged with the murder of Jon and Marian Setzer, was a Sunday school teacher at Nashville's First Church of the Nazarene.
In a short bio on the church web page, Richard and his wife are described as 5th grade Sunday School teachers who see their role as a privilege. This is the online listing on the church web page about the Parker's 5th grade Sunday School class:
"We have had the opportunity to teach 5th grade Sunday School since 2007 and it has been wonderful! Along with Sunday School, we help in the youth and elementary departments on Wednesday night. Why? We think that the kids and youth of our church are a vital part of our membership because they are the ones who bring the joy, creativity, and the ENERGY to a congregation! We have four boys of our own and being involved in the lives of their peers and teachers has helped us in our own parenting journey. What started out as a service has quickly become a great joy. Just think- someday we may be watching as one of our former student graduates or is married. What a privilege it will have been to be a small part in their faith journey."
Richard and his wife, daughter of Jon and Marian also hosted elementary students during a recent camp-out in September of 2013 at their Vance Lane home.
The news of Richard Parker's alleged involvement has come as a shock to the community and those who knew the family.
Richard Parker has been charged with two-counts of felony premeditated murder, two counts of felony 1st degree murder, and one count of unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon.
"We do feel like we have the single person responsible for this crime in custody," said TBI Director Mark Gwyn
Parker lives behind the Setzer's home with their daughter and was arrested this afternoon.
He is being held on $1 Million dollar bond.
Investigators added the explosive package was placed at the home, not mailed as was previously believed.
According to a Fox News Report, Several papers, notes and magazines were found by investigators in and around the blast area, although it's unclear whether any of them were attached to the device, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Nashville Field Division stated.
"We're in the process of piecing together those notes," ATF spokesman Michael Knight said. "There were notes and papers and such in the area. We have not determined if those are directly or indirectly associated to the bomb."
Friends tell Fox 17 News Jon and Marian Setzer actually moved to the Lebanon home to be closer to their daughter who lives in the home with Parker behind them.
"From what I gather everything she did was about family," said family friend Teresa Barlow.
Jon Setzer, 74, died during the initial explosion, but Marian, 72, who was a long-time dental assistant, had been in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center until she passed Wednesday night.