A large crowd of mourners paid their final respects Sunday at a funeral service for the Springfield mother who police believe killed her two sons before killing herself last week.
Services for Rachel Johnson, 32, Ayden Johnson, 10, and Daylan Johnson, 7, were held at the Jackson Lytle & Lewis Life Celebration Center on Limestone Street. The parking lot was full and several mourners stood outside the funeral home where a private viewing and services were held for family members before a three-hour public visitation.
Mourners outside the funeral home declined to comment out of respect for the family.
Shawn Crable, Rachel Johnson’s brother, released a statement.
“On behalf of the whole family, we appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers,” he said. “They do not go unnoticed. We all loved Rachel, Daylan and Ayden so very much. We appreciate privacy at this time as we try to figure out how to heal.”
Arthur Johnson, 39, found his wife and their two sons suffering from gunshot wounds on a bed, surrounded by wedding photos on the floor, inside her home on Burt Street last Wednesday. He called 911 and told a dispatcher his wife and Daylan, his younger son, were dead, but that Ayden may have had a pulse.
Ayden was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center and later transported to Dayton Children’s, where he died.
Johnson told the dispatcher he and his wife were separated, but were in process of “working things out.” The couple had been married for one of the 11 years they were together.
His wife’s vehicle broke down the night before, so Johnson drove to the home that morning to take his sons to school.
Springfield investigators believe Johnson shot her sons before turning the gun on herself and committed suicide.
Police were still investigating the shooting late last week and declined to release details on the type of gun Johnson used.
The Clark County Coroner could make a final determination as early as today on the causes of death for Johnson and her sons.
Dr. Richard Marsh said he is waiting on the preliminary report, and expects to be able to make the determination sometime this week.
“I’m hoping it will be very soon,” he said.
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