Community finds closure from house fire

By Kelsey Gibbs |

Published 07/03 2014 08:43PM

Updated 07/08 2014 12:00PM

BEASON -- Closure is coming to a community after a gruesome murder rocked the small town in 2009. As per family wishes, the fire department burned down the home where the Gee family was murdered. WCIA-3's Kelsey Gibbs has more.

Those in the community say the burning of the home symbolizes the burning memory of the gruesome murders that plagued the community.

"It's closure. It's closure for some."

In September 2009, Rick and Ruth Gee and three of four children were murdered in the tiny home ten miles east of Lincoln. Nearly five years, later the house they were slain in is finally coming down.

"So it almost felt like it just happened yesterday but now with it gone, hopefully we'll start to forget about it."

The fire department torched the home just down street from Diana Baker.

"It is a very good feeling because every time you would come into town and you'll leave town, we had to look at it and it just brought back the horrific events that happened over there."

Baker has lived in Beason for 30 years and she says all she could think about is those who were affected by the murders.

"I thought about the first responders and the policemen that had to go in over there and the family that still lives around here. I'm hoping it'll help them bring some closure."

Fire Chief Jim Hubrich says it did.

"We won't be looking at the house anymore of course and people who drive by, not what Beason's known for."

Baker hopes this can help the family move on with great memories of the Gee family.

"I think about how the kids, I'm sure, had some happy moments in their lives and the relatives can maybe think about the happy things."

The house sat vacant and boarded up since the murders. Fire crews started the burning around 10:30 am, Thursday. They say they'll be on the scene all night.

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