‘God’s not far away’ for slain mom, kids

BY JOHNNY JOHNSON Modified: January 22, 2009 at 9:48 am •  Published: January 22, 2009


As he spoke, smiling images of Summer and her children were projected on a screen above him. Friends and family members passed tissues.

Music chosen for the service was sometimes upbeat, sometimes somber and almost unbearable for some as they listened to the lyrics of Creed’s "Don’t Stop Dancing,” which asks that despite all the evil and heartache in the world, children never stop dancing or believing they can fly.

It was a sentiment Van Horn admitted he was having trouble dealing with, too — the slayings of young children.

"These children — their lives have been taken in innocence,” the pastor said.

"These little ones are now safe in the arms of Jesus, and no one can harm them now.”

Van Horn said the word that best fit Summer Rust was "devoted.” He said the mother did her best to care for her children, work and go to school.

"She was devoted to making all of their lives better,” he said.

Van Horn acknowledged that Rust did not always make the best choices, but he said she loved her children and she was devoted to her friends, her family and her faith.

When the service ended, more than 60 motorcycle riders, including members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, chartered out of El Reno, escorted the funeral procession to the El Reno Cemetery.

Biker spokesman Bruce Horn said the group’s main focus is to empower children who suffer abuse, and funeral processions are not the type of thing the group usually does, but the group was asked to participate.

"This community has been devastated and horrified,” Horn said.

"We pull together in times of need. That’s all we can do.”

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