Words fail at funeral for El Reno woman, four kids

By Johnny Johnson Modified: January 21, 2009 at 9:18 pm •  Published: January 21, 2009
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As he spoke, smiling images of Summer and her children were projected on the screen above him. Friends and family members passed around 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 that children never stop dancing, or believing they can fly.

It was a sentiment Van Horn admitted he was having trouble dealing with too — the slaying 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 she 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 motorcyle 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 they were 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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Don't Stop Dancing - by Creed; song played at funeral:

At times life is wicked and I just cant See the light A silver lining sometimes isnt enough To make some wrongs seem right Whatever life brings Ive been through everything And now Im on my knees again
But I know I must go on Although I hurt I must be strong Because inside I know that many Feel this way
Children dont stop dancing Believe you can fly Awayaway
At times lifes unfair and you know Its plain to see Hey God I know Im just a dot in This world Have you forgot about me? Whatever life brings Ive been through everything And now Im on my knees again
But I know I must go on Although I hurt I must be strong Because inside I know that many Feel this way
Am I hiding in the shadows? Forget the pain and forget the sorrows
But I know I must go on Although I hurt I must be strong Because inside I know that many Feel this way
Children dont stop dancing Believe you can fly Awayaway
Am I hiding in the shadows? Are we hiding in the shadows?

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