500 Attend Funeral for Slain Beason Family

No suspects in Gee family murders

Monday, Sep 28, 2009  |  Updated 3:45 PM CDT
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Five Murdered in Beason

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Friends and supporters show their emotion while attending a memorial service in Beason, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, where five members of a family were found slain in their home and a search is still under way for a suspect. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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Nearly 500 people gathered to remember members of the Gee family who were found slain in their Beason home last week.

Speakers at a funeral service in Mount Pulaski Monday remembered Rick and Ruth Gee and their three deceased children as "just simple people."

Family friend John Johnson said the Gees were down to earth. He says that "to honor this family, just keep it real."

The bodies of the Gees and children Justina Constant, Dillen Constant and Austin Gee were discovered Sept. 21. Police have no suspects in the slaying, but they say a "violent struggle took place" and the person or persons responsible are also likely injured.

The couple's 3-year-old daughter is the only survivor and continues to recover from injuries that were described as life-threatening.

Relatives spoke at the funeral service and remembered the family as warm and welcoming. They said Rick Gee was mild-mannered and had a big heart.

An Illinois State Police squad car sat outside the worship center during the service.

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