The Herald Bulletin

October 11, 2013

Families of Middletown murder-suicide still struggle with loss

Victim's sister says domestic violence is everywhere

By Traci L. Moyer
The Herald Bulletin

MIDDLETOWN, Ind. — It has been one year since Beth Pedigo told her brother she loved him.

“Twelve hours before he died, I texted him to tell him I loved him,” Pedigo said.

She is still trying to deal with her grief and feelings of loss.

Authorities say Pedigo’s brother, Bobby Morrow, 42, was killed in a murder-suicide on Oct. 9, 2012, by Johnny Webb, 39, of Anderson. Bobby Morrow had been in a relationship with Webb’s ex-wife, Ruth Webb, 38, and the two were in Ruth Webb’s home in the 6400 block of North County Road 200 West when Johnny Webb shot and killed the couple before he drove to a spot three miles away and took his own life.

Ruth Webb divorced Johnny Webb seven month before her death. She was awarded custody of their then 16-year-old daughter, Jade, who was not at the Middletown home when the shooting occurred.

Jade Fisher has married since the death of her parents and stays in touch with the Morrow family. This week the Webb and Morrow families held a remembrance ceremony on the one-year anniversary of the shootings.

Fisher said she has a strong support network of family and friends who helped her through her parents' death.

“It’s still tough, but I’m doing better,” she said.

Pedigo said the shooting was difficult for both of the families. She said she misses her brother’s passion for life and fondly recalled his love of music and playing the guitar.

“Every day is a struggle,” Pedigo said. “You deal with the loss and then you see what his kids are going through without him.”

Bobby Morrow’s youngest daughter, Cassy Morrow, 17, was living with him in Markleville at the time of his murder.

Since her father’s death, Cassy Morrow has moved four times.

She said she dropped out of her local high school and is now attending high school online. Cassy Morrow is also pregnant and living with her boyfriend in Anderson. She said her classmates were often cruel in their remarks about her father and the tragedy surrounding his death in the months following his death.

“Things are not perfect, but they are better than they were,” she said.

Cassy Morrow said her life would have been very different if her father had lived.

“She had to grow up before her time,” Pedigo said.

Before her brother’s death, Pedigo said, domestic violence was just something that happened to someone else.

Now it is a reality that haunts her daily.

“Domestic violence is everywhere,” she said. “If you are in a relationship where there is domestic violence you have to find the courage to seek out help.”

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

Pedigo said her family is still healing although it has been one year since Bobby Morrow’s death. She said people should never forget the important things in life.

“Life is short,” she said. “I just want my family to know they are loved.”

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