Prayer walk honors murdered mother and daughter


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 26 at 10:36 AM

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11)-- In a small town, where everybody knows everybody, news of a mother and daughter killed in their own home spread quickly.

"I couldn't believe it happened, I started crying," Jessica Merriman, a Bardstown High sophomore and friend of one of the victims said.

"It was very shocking and hard to believe. I thought it was just rumors and just make believe," Emily Watkins, a friend of one of the victims, said.

Police believe 48-year-old Bardstown Elementary School teacher Kathy Netherland and her 16-year-old daughter Samantha were murdered around 8 Monday night.

"It's just a shock, its disbelief, you know? You don't want to believe that it's true and when you find out that it's true, it just rocks your world, you know? It's tough,” Weslyn Bartholomai, a family friend, said.

Filled with pain they turned to each other and to God.

"Father we ask your blessings upon each and every person that's here, we pray for this. In your name we do ask, Amen," xx said.

By the hundreds, people walked quietly, prayerful and reflective, remembering the sweet souls they loved and lost.

"She was very quiet and very smart and very, very sweet," Watkins said of Samantha.

And those they left behind, especially Kathy’s oldest daughter and Samantha’s sister Holly, who was away at college.

"I just can't imagine being in her shoes, you know? I just feel for [Holly] so much,” Bartholomai said. “I saw her at school today just talking to the teachers and stuff, I just feel for her."

Kentucky State Police released three photos from surveillance video outside of businesses along US 150 around the time of the murders.

They're looking for a 2006 or newer, black, 4 door, Chevy Impala, a darker colored Ford F-350 or 450 flatbed pickup hauling a 20-24 foot cattle trailer, and a mid to late 1990s red Ford Ranger, sidestep, with aftermarket fenders and a sticker on the rear passenger side window.

Investigators believe the occupants of the vehicles may have witnessed something the night of the murders that could be helpful to the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call KSP at 270-766-5078.