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The Bellevue community is rallying behind the family affected by a triple murder, and the nine year old girl left behind.
There are new efforts to raise money and offer support.
The flowers outside the home on Beech Bend Drive show the heart of a community. People are still stunned by the loss of three people.
Michelle Pinkowski, her 14 year old son Jonathan Culpepper, and her mother Marylea Jordan were allegedly stabbed to death by their neighbor. Pinkowski's nine year old daughter was able to escape.
"She's just, you know, she's our baby. We love her, she's a great girl," says Harpeth Valley Elementary School principal Kimber Halliburton.
The little girl is a fourth grader at Harpeth Valley Elementary.
Tuesday, counselors were on hand. Students made cards for their classmate, and money started pouring in.
"The phone calls have been coming in from everywhere," says Kimber Halliburton.
Before the school day even started, hundreds of dollars had been donated...
"At 8:30 this morning we were knocking on the door trying to open an account for this family," says PTO Co-President Lisa Strickland.
The PTO has set up a burial and benevolence fund at the Pinnacle Bank on Highway 70.
The money raised will help pay for funerals and living expenses for the little girl.
"You do get a sense of one, of a small town community, that's just how people are here," says Strickland.
The Bellevue Exchange Club donated $1,000 to the cause.
"We had our largest attendance in a long long time at the Exchange Club," says club member and Metro Councilman Charlie Tygard.
Groups like the YMCA, Boy Scouts, and churches are also raising money.
"All of these organizations are on board. We're on the same page, that we want to do what's best for the family," says Tygard.
People at Harpeth Valley Elementary hope by helping, they're also healing.
"It's truly overwhelming the goodness that can come from a horrific event," says Kimber Halliburton.
If you'd like to contribute to this fund there are two ways to help.
You can go to any Pinnacle Bank and give to the "Harpeth Valley PTO Burial and Benevolent Fund."
You can make an online contribution at hvburialfund.com.
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Tuesday, September 4 2012, 09:09 PM CDT
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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