NORTHFIELD CENTER TOWNSHIP, OH - Friends, family, neighbors and the Mather family dog are among those expected to attend a vigil Friday night to remember the four found dead in Northfield Center Township Monday night.
The bodies of 43-year-olds Jeff and his wife Cindy Mather and their two daughters, 12-year-old Allison and 8-year-old Ruthie were all found in the home.
Organizer's of Friday night's vigil said that those who attend will carry battery operated candles around the block, and then stop in front of the home for a short prayer, and to see pictures and videos of the family.
A Summit County Medical Examiner's statement said that murder-suicide is one of the options being explored, and that a gas can was found near Jeff's body in the garage. Cindy was said to be found huddled with her children near the front of the house. Jeff Mather may have also struggled with mental health issues: a report from Metroparks Police states that last month he threatened to end his own life and was stopped after a man called 911.
Organizers of the neighborhood vigil ask that only close friends, family and classmates of the two girls show up to the Friday night event.
They said parking is limited and the neighborhood is small. Organizers asked that in lieu of coming to the vigil, people put candles in their windows, on driveways or steps to honor the Mather family's memory.
"I think it's a heartfelt tragedy. I think that people in the area are looking for some sort of closure with it it's unbelievable that it occurred," said Macedonia Mayor Joseph Migliorini.
Migliorini said that the community is a small, tight knit one, that shares a school district. He said many people have been affected by the tragedy, and that's why there is another, more public, vigil in the works for those who are seeking closure. Migliorini said that city parks will be available for those wishing to have a vigil for the family.
"It's a loss for all of us, we, you know, have kids in the school system, kids that knew those kids. It's unfortunate what happened so we're trying to heal - it's a healing process," said Migliorini.
The causes of death still haven't been released.
Investigators with the state fire marshal's office and the Summit County Sheriff's Department said there is no new information to release at this time.
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