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Shingletown Community Remembers the Miller Family

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: May 10 2013 08:53:10 PM CDT
Updated On: May 10 2013 10:42:28 PM CDT
SHINGLETOWN, Calif. -

Shingletown folks who knew the Miller family are sharing their memories.

Deborah Benge, who works at Hotlocks Salon in Shingletown, started doing Sandy Miller's hair about 8 months ago.

"She was always very nice. Quiet, quiet spirit. She wasn't boastful. She was very modest," Benge told us.

Benge said the two connected over their love for Mother Earth and organic food.

"She was one of those people that if you were some place and you didn't know anybody in the room, you would gravitate to her," Benge said.

Sometimes Sandy would bring four-year-old Shasta with her to her appointments.

"She was a real good kid," Benge said. "She just sat there and, you know, behaved."

Benge told us Sandy always seemed happy, content with life. She said there were never any signs of a broken home.

"I wish she would have given me any inclination at all because like I said, my phone number, my home number would've been there for her," Benge said. "I would've taken them in a heartbeat."

Ed Garcia is a realtor in Shingletown. He had a business encounter with the Miller's a few years ago.

He said they appeared to be a regular, average family, which is why he said so many were shocked to hear what happened.

"Never would've expected something like this to happen," Garcia said. "It just proves to me that we don't know exactly who were talking to on a daily basis. Speaking for the community as a whole, we are all saddened and our hearts go out to the family."

Garcia's daughter rode the bus with eight-year-old Shelby Miller.

"She has been beside herself, just trying to comprehend the whole thing," Garcia said of his daughter.

He said it's been difficult to explain the situation to her.

"It's an awful lot for any child to hear that a father could do something like that to a mother and children," Garcia said.