Family of Slain Women Urged To Forgive Killers
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Survivors of two women shot to death in a northern Utah cabin burglary were urged at their joint funeral to forgive the killers.
More than 200 people crowded into the flower-bedecked Mormon chapel in suburban Salt Lake on Friday for the services for 76-year-old Beth Harmon Tidwell Potts and her eldest daughter, Kaye Tidwell Tiede, 51.
The women were shot Dec. 22 at a family cabin about 45 miles east of Salt Lake. Two men were charged in the killings.
The mourners were asked to recall that Jesus’ last words from the cross were of forgiveness.
″It is painful to be the victim,″ said Mormon Bishop Bruce Johnson, who presides over the congregation attended by Kaye Tiede and her husband, Rolf, in Humble, Texas, a Houston suburb.
″But have you not learned how much more painful it is to be the offender?″ Johnson asked.
Rolf Tiede, who was shot twice in the face when he arrived at the cabin later, led about 30 family members into the chapel. His face was bandaged in several places and part of his head had been shaved.
Also in the family procession were Tiede’s daughters, Linae, 20, and Tricia, 16, who were kidnapped and briefly held hostage by the assailants.
Summit County officers arrested Von Lester Taylor, 25, and Edward Steven Deli, 21, following a brief chase. They have been charged with capital homicide, aggravated burglary, kidnapping, arson and other felonies.
The two victims were eulogized by family and friends as model homemakers and parents.
″Mom and Kaye were not only mother and daughter, but were friends,″ said Sue Ellen Tidwell, one of Mrs. Potts’ three surviving daughters.
Mrs. Potts had been left partly blind and infirm in an automobile accident that killed her second husband, but remained the active matriarch of a family that included 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
″The rest of us, well, sometimes we’d get short with mother since the accident .... But Kaye would always point that out to us,″ said Miss Tidwell.
″Her faith was so deeply entwined with her love that it made up for all the other things in her life she never got to do,″ said her son, Kenneth Eugene Tidwell.
He also said his older sister, Mrs. Tiede, was a ″woman of exemplary faith.″
″I think it is no accident that they went together,″ he said.