Loved ones of Nina Thompson and her 15-year-old twins Taishawn and Treshawn Pugh filled the Greater Hope Church of God in Christ in Baltimore Wednesday morning as they gathered to celebrate their lives and laid them to rest.
Police said the Brooklyn Park residents were shot and killed Aug. 7 by Thompson’s husband, Kelly Thompson, before he turned the gun on himself.
About 150 paid their respects to the family during a memorial service that at times evoked wails of sorrow from the crowd as well as shouts of praise.
“Thank you for coming to celebrate the life of my children,” said Willis Dessesaure, Nina Thompson’s father.
“I’m not going to say they’re gone. I’m not going to say I’m going to miss them. I’m not even going to say ‘why?’ The Lord knows that,” Dessesaure said, overwhelmed with emotion.
Dessesaure and others who shared during the service spoke of the tragedy in the way Nina Thompson and her children died.
“There are some things in life that we don’t have no answers for,” said the Rev. Caleb Gordon.
Family members and coworkers spoke of Nina Thompson’s pleasant spirit and positive outlook, especially at work.
“I never knew what was going on [in her marriage],” Dessesaure said. “You never know. But that’s why she loved her job so much. That was her way out.”
Nina Thompson worked as an occupational nurse assistant, according to the obituary. Taishawn and Treshawn would have been sophomores at North County High School.
The Rev. Lazarus Jones said family members and friends could find solace in knowing that Nina Thompson and her children knew God.
“[The twins] were christened and raised up in the church. The best present you can give your children is to give them back to the Lord.”
According to police, a woman who said she was concerned about the wellbeing of her son, Kelly Thompson, and his family members called police to his home on Wood Street. When officers arrived and met with the woman, they heard a single gunshot come from inside the home, said Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman Lt. J.D. Batten.
Batten said officers immediately entered the home to prevent further injuries if someone was actively shooting inside, but instead found the bodies of the four family members.
Police have not released any updates on the incident since Aug. 7.