Funeral held for Barberton siblings - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Funeral held for Barberton siblings


Friends and family streamed into Apostolic Church in Barberton to say goodbye to 18-year-old Ashley Carpenter and her brother 14-year-old David Carpenter-Kohler, Wednesday night.

Gorgeous purple and white carnations lined the altar inside the church.

Ashley and David's mother invited 19 Action News to the funeral.

In the lobby,  a large colorful memory wall with hundreds of messages from Barberton high school students and loved ones, including one directly to David saying, "You are a good friend."

"It's very beautiful inside but I couldn't stay in their very long cause it's very hard," said Jessica Steser, a family friend.

Ashley and David were murdered along with their father John Kohler on New Year's Eve in their home during a home invasion.

John's girlfriend Ronda Blankenship was also shot during the robbery. She survived.

The three will be missed.

"It's a shame that this had to happen to her. Her memory is going to live on with all of us. It's just hard to deal with," said Alexandra Barsko, Ashley's friend.  

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