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Grieving family clears out death scene

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Posted: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 10:34 am | Updated: 2:56 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Relatives of the Lovell family returned Tuesday to the east Mesa neighborhood where five people were slain to hand out fliers with memorial service information.

Patricia Morehart, mother of Tammy Lovell, 32, and grandmother of Jacob, 10, and Cassandra, 15, hung a flier at 2208 S. Barrington, where the Lovells, Steven Terrence Duffy II, 30, and Shane Donovan Duffy, 18, were shot to death. Then she knelt and tidied up a small memorial of roses, stuffed animals and an angel.

Morehart spent the day picking up Jacob’s school belongings and dropping off Cassandra’s school books.

“I asked them to donate Jacob’s coat to underprivileged children,” Morehart said. “That’s what my daughter would have done.”

Morehart also donated books, toys and clothes of the family she lost.

“We had to go and remove Tammy and Jacob and Cassandra’s personal items from the house,” she said. “Things you bought for them or things they bought for you and hadn’t had a chance to give to you.”

She said Boulder Creek Elementary School dedicated its yearbook to Jacob, placing his picture in the middle of an American flag formed by students clad in red, white and blue. But not everyone has been so kind.

Some worried neighbors appeared alarmed as the family distributed fliers. Another scolded the family for partially blocking his driveway with their car.

Memorial services will be 9 a.m. Thursday at Faith Family Church in Chandler.

Want to help?

• Donations can be made to the Tammy Lovell Memorial Fund at Arizona Federal Credit Union Account No. 625143.

• Friends of Patricia Morehart have opened an account for donations with a Utah bank. Brook Gonzales said any money received will be used to defray the costs of transporting the bodies of Morehart’s daughter and grandchildren to Virginia and for the memorial services. Anyone wishing to donate should mail checks or money orders to: Family of Patricia Morehart donation account, No. 137325668, c/o Zions Bank, P.O. Box 30709, Salt Lake City, UT 84130

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