The Lucas County coroner ruled Wednesday that grandmother Sandy Ford, her son Andy Ford, and her three grandchildren, Paige Hayes, Logan Hayes, and Madalyn Hayes all died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Their bodies were all found in Ford's West Toledo garage on Monday, all killed in a murder-suicide.
The parents, Chris and Mandy Hayes, are now trying to honor their children's lives with a public viewing and funeral services.
Funeral director Dick Moore says he was overwhelmed with emotion when he learned that his funeral home would provide the services for the three young Hayes children.
"The tears just poured out of my eyes," said Moore. "I couldn't fight back the tears for what our help and services for this family is going to mean to this family for the rest of their life."
Paige Hayes, 10, Logan Hayes, 7, and Madalyn Hayes, 5 will have funeral visitation at the Dowling Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday and from 1-8 p.m. on Sunday.
"I have grandchildren myself, my children are grown or in college and I think that look at that, I can kind of relate to what I might be going through at that same time," said owner and director John Dowling.
Thanks to the generosity of community members, funeral costs are one less thing the Hayes' will have to worry about; a spokesperson for the Hayes family tells WNWO as all the expenses have been covered.
"People don't realize when you lose a child, sure it's a life ending too soon, but that never goes away with the family," said Moore.
Funeral services for the three children will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Olivet Lutheran Church. Dowling expects hundreds of community members to show their love and support for the family.
"All of those people will be supportive of Chris and Mandy, you know," said Dowling. "They're wonderful people. They're sweet, they're good parents. I've met the other two children, they were here with them today and yesterday with me. And they're?| just nice."
Community members that would still like to help the Hayes family are being asked to make a donation, at any Huntington Bank branch, toward the "Hayes Children's Scholarship Fund".
The money will ensure the remaining children, a 9-year-old boy and infant, won't have to worry about the financial burden of college costs.
Those considering a donation are asked to contribute as much as they can, but are reminded that as little as 1 dollar would show the family just how much the community supports them.
Hayes family spokesman Jeremy Baumhower suggested "if you have 5 kids...give 5 dollars".
Donations can be made in person at any Huntington Bank branch.