Father, son killed in NE Ohio shooting laid to rest

The Dieter Family
The Dieter Family

LAKESIDE PARK, KY (FOX19) - A shooting tragedy in Northeast Ohio hits close to home, as a local father and son are laid to rest today.

8 people, including the gunman, perished after a tragic shooting in Copley, Ohio on Sunday.

And now a Northern Kentucky woman must bury her husband and 11 year old son.

Lakeside Park was the scene of the latest chapter in this sad and tragic story.

We're told the Dieter's caskets are being kept in Northern Kentucky, then transported to Pennsylvania for burial.

There was no visitation, only a funeral service, for 11-year-old Scott Dieter and his father, 51-year-old Craig Dieter.

Two caskets left the Lakeside Park Presbyterian Church, followed by a grieving congregation, holding the bodies of Scott and Craig Dieter.

"Craig was my Cub Scout Leader," said Michael Freeman with tears in his eyes. "He was really nice, caring, kind."

The Boone County father and son died Sunday, when police say the boyfriend of Craig Dieter's sister, went on a shooting rampage, killing a total of seven people, in Copley Ohio, where they were visiting family and friends.

Craig's wife, Beth Dieter, survived. Their son Scott was a Boy Scout.

"Their family was really a big part of the church community," said Leo Dolan, who is the Troop Leader for Pack A-20 at Lakeside Park Presbyterian Church, so he got his troop involved.

"We felt it was something we had to give back to the family," Dolan said, so his Troop and Scott Dieter's troop helped seat people inside the church for the service and helped with guiding cars to the parking lot outside.

"What have you been able to tell your younger scouts, about somebody who they've been going meetings with and suddenly, this person, a peer, is no longer with us?," we asked.

"When I sat down with my boys the other night at our weekly meeting, I told them flat out what had happened, and they responded really well as Scouts to the situation and didn't ask many questions," Dolan said. "It was a shock to them as well as it was to the rest of the community."

"Cuz', I know that their family's going through a lot right now," said Boy Scout Will Seibt of Troop A-20. "So, I think this is gonna help a lot."

"The Scout motto is to do a good turn daily, and for these guys it's exactly what they're doing," Dolan said proudly.

The service lasted about an hour and a half, with everyone leaning on each other, trying to make some sense of what police said, was a senseless crime.

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