Richmond, Indiana is a small Midwest community of approximately 30,000 situated right on the border with Ohio. Richmond has twice won the “All-American City Award” which, by the name alone, gives one a warm and fuzzy feeling. With close to 60 churches in this community I imagine a family down on their luck doesn’t have to venture far to receive a helping hand or support. And when a family is struck with a horrible tragedy, it never fails, these good and generous folks come in droves to help. This was exactly the case with Angela Boyd who’s 15-year-old daughter was brutally raped and murdered by her father.
When looking at Ms. Boyd’s “situation”, (38) one couldn’t help but feel horribly sorry for her. She’d had a string of bad luck being busted a couple of times for felony theft but had plea agreements pending. Then came the unthinkable, her own child taken from this world in such a barbaric manner by the hands of her own father. If that doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, not much will.
Angela approached Pastor Ron Chappell of the New Life Ministries Church of the Nazarene and arranged the funeral service for her baby.
The congregation took up two separate collection plates for Angela, to assist with burial and costs. Angela also brought a jar of her own maybe thinking the collection plates would overflow and people wouldn’t be likely to throw in those extra bills if there was a chance of them falling under the pews or something. She clearly underestimated the generosity of Christians. They filled the plates and her jar without flinching.
Funeral services are generally the same. The pastors read from the bible, the congregation sits quietly listening while attempts are made in trying to put this all into perspective…to find words of comfort in a world so cruel. And sometimes friends and family eulogize their lost loved one.
Now I attended funerals on a regular basis through my youth. Not just people I knew but total strangers as well. (And no, it wasn’t some perverse hobby of mine, I was paid.) I’ve witnessed some of the most bizarre behavior at funerals: people throwing themselves on the casket, people mouth kissing (long and deep) the body, screaming, seizures, fights…you name it, I’ve that file card tucked away. But I can honestly tell you I’ve never witness what went down at this little girl’s funeral…
As Angela Boyd was up eulogizing her daughter, from the audience came a rather strange statement: “Her daughter is alive and well in Iowa”. Brothers can be such buzz-kills.
After Brian LeMaster, Boyd’s brother, blurted the great news, Angela fled the church in record speed leaving behind her loot.
She later appeared at the police department to speak to detectives. She got arrested instead. As an added bonus to a ‘Mother of the Year’ nomination, the previous plea agreements were yanked off the table. Angela has been charged with attempted theft (Class D Felony) and will be facing all of her charges in court scheduled in March.