Slain Carnation family remembered

Slain Carnation family remembered
ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Hundreds of mourners packed a church on Saturday to say goodbye to three generations of one family who were killed in a single tragedy in Carnation.

Six members of the Anderson family were killed inside a home on Christmas Eve. Prosecutors say Michelle Anderson and her boyfriend Joe McEnroe shot and killed them.

Several weeks have passed since the incident, but on Saturday, the painful emotions were no easier to swallow for the huge crowd that filled the church and spilled into an "overflow room."

The shocking tragedy will forever link the six Andersons, but on Saturday, friends honored those lives individually.

Wayne Anderson was remembered as the dependable rock that stabilized the family.

"He was an honest, hard-working, positively motivated man," said Pastor Steve Jamison East Ridge Christian Assembly.

Wayne worked as a Boeing engineer for 27 years and taught co-workers to work hard.

"His willingness to share his knowledge was something that I will never forget. He taught me things about tooling I was only guessing on and I was trying to understand," said Jeffrey Kane, his co-worker.

Judy Anderson became a fixture of the town during her 17-year career as a postal worker in Carnation. She knew everyone on her delivery route.

"Judy watched school children grow into adulthood," said Lori Cleaver, her co-worker. "She was always aware of birthdays and weddings. And she was known to hand mail to the anxious young adults waiting for news of a college application."

Scott and Erica Anderson were high school sweethearts. They lived the dream through 6-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Nathan.

"My heart aches for the loss of my dearest friend but finds repose and the wisdom that she will forever be with Scott, Olivia and Nathan," said Erica's friend Kerry Horner.

"I'll probably never understand how this could happen," said Ben Anderson, a family member.

Some friends and family members could not find the words amid the tears.

Even after saying goodbye, most of those gathered could not find closure.

"They ask why and nobody really knows why. There are only a couple of people that can answer that question," Kane said.

Court documents suggest Michelle Anderson committed the crimes because she was "tired of everyone stepping on her."

Michelle Anderson and McEnroe pleaded not guilty to the charges last week.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg has until next month to decide whether to seek the death penalty. But Ben Anderson maintains he would rather see the two suspects be sentenced to life in prison.