With local Boy Scouts, hockey players and law enforcement personnel leading the way, as many as 1,000 people attended funeral services Saturday for Melissa Greenhagen, a mother of four shot fatally last weekend in Glasgow.
The services, held at the Evangelical Church, included a procession of local scouts going to the front of the room presenting Greenhagen with a Scouts salute. Hockey players wearing their jerseys also lined the aisles, said Samar Fay, editor of the Glasgow Courier and spokeswoman for Valley County authorities. Local emergency service members - Glasgow police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians and county deputies - crowded the front-left side of the room, and the Greenhagen family was surrounded by community members on three sides.
The driveway leading up to the church was lined with purple flags sporting the Boy Scouts' symbol for world unity, Fay said.
Greenhagen, 37, volunteered as a den leader for local Cub Scouts, and two of her sons are Eagle Scouts. She was a part-time EMT and Valley County's clerk of court. She also worked as an emergency medical technician at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital.
She was fatally shot in the chest in the hospital parking lot on Jan. 17 by 42-year-old Glasgow resident Roger Lynn Sellers. Scott Billingsly and his wife, Suzanne, were also shot and wounded in the attack. Police said Sellers died later that evening in a gunfight with law enforcement. Police Chief Lynn Erickson said no motive in the shootings or connection between the perpetrator and victims has been identified.