The Greenwood community is still struggling to cope with the most horrific murder in it's history. Examiner covered the story of how a desperate man took the lives of five innocent people before turning the gun on himself.
Harley Funeral Home and Crematorium is in charge of arrangements, and has announced a memorial fund to help the surviving family during this time.
The fund was started after the family respectfully requested that flowers be omitted and memorials may be made to the Fields/Robinson Account, c/o PO Box 777, Greenwood, SC 29648.
Jade Fields posted on her Facebook wall that Wells Fargo bank is in charge of the fund, and it's set up under her name.
A celebration of those who innocently lost their lives this week will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at Laurel Baptist Church with the Rev. Robbie Stollger, Mr. Terry Ray and the Rev. Dennis Campbell officiating. Burial will be held in Oakbrook Memorial Park.
Visitation of family and friends will be held Sunday, November 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The tragedy this family has had placed on them is overwhelming, especially for Jade Fields Spencer. Jade has lost the most important people in her life now because of criminal domestic violence.
A lot of CDV victims don't think of how a situation may affect an entire family. The murder-suicide that took place October 29 has shown us those not directly involved can be put in danger.
Chandra Fields chose to love a man who eventually took her life. This isn't a big surprise, being that South Carolina ranks #1 in women murdered by the men who supposedly loved them.
Jade not only lost her sister Chandra, but also her parents and her two sons, Tariq and William. Eventually she may go on with her life, but it's likely she'll never recover.
I wanted to put the word out there about the Fields/Robinson memorial fund to ease some of the responsibility thrown onto Jade. I don't know Jade personally, but I do worry she won't be able to return to her job any time soon. If ever. She and other family members affected most need money. Not only for funeral expenses, but to ease the burden put upon them.
I'm adding the obituary to this article because I've never seen another one like it. A whole family wiped out at once. They died together, and they'll be honored in death together.
Can any of you even imagine what it would be like to lose everyone dear to you in one day?
I'm also including the details so that women involved in dangerous relationships will think twice on how their dilemma affects those around them. I doubt Chandra Fields ever imagined her family would pay the ultimate price. Especially two young boys who had a typical day at school, and had no clue it would be their last.
Honored on November 4 will be:
Richard Allan Fields, 51, and Melissa Maroney Fields, 49, of 2007 Callison Highway, died Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Born in Greenwood, Richard was a son of Joe and Betty Ruff Fields. He was employed by Center Manufacturing and attended Laurel Baptist Church.
Born in Greenwood, Melissa was the daughter of Leroy Maroney and Judy Goodman Rush. She was a homemaker and attended Laurel Baptist Church.Survivors include a daughter, Jade Fields Spencer of Greenwood and a son, Chaz Fields (Chanda Howard), of Greenwood; grandchildren, Chayla Owings, Caylee Owings, Kaydence Fields, Syan Spencer and Ava Sweatt; step-grandchildren, Justin Robinson, Nicole Robinson, Tori Dye and Malachi Conway; Richard’s parents of Saluda; Melissa’s father of Saluda; her mother and stepfather, Bernie Rush, of Greenwood; Melissa’s grandmother, Alberta Goodman of Saluda; Richard’s brothers, Cliff Fields of Abbeville and Tony Fields of Saluda and Melissa’s brother, Tracy Maroney of Greenwood.
Chandra Marie Fields, 26, of 235 Florida Avenue, died Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Born in Greenwood, Chandra was a daughter of Richard Allan and Melissa Maroney Fields. Survivors include her children, Chayla Owings, Caylee Owings and Ava Sweatt; her sister, Jade Fields Spencer; her brother, Chaz Fields (Chanda Howard), all of Greenwood; her grandparents, Judy and Bernie Rush of Greenwood, Leroy Maroney, Joe and Betty Fields, all of Saluda; and great grandmother, Alberta Goodman of Saluda.
Tariq Kenyon Robinson, 11, and William Asa Robinson, 9, of 2007 Callison Highway, died Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Born in Greenwood, they were the sons of Larry Robinson and Jade Fields Spencer. Tariq was a 6th grade student at Westview Middle School and Asa was a 4th grade student at Mathews Elementary School, recently transferring from Pelion Elementary School. Tariq and Asa attended Laurel Baptist Church with their grandmother.They were preceded in death by their paternal grandfather, William Larry Robinson. Survivors include their mother of Greenwood; their father of Ware Shoals; a sister, Syan Spencer of the home; half sister, Nicole Robinson and half brother, Justin Robinson, both of Ware Shoals; grandparents, Linda and Ward Bice of Hodges; great grandparents, Judy and Bernie Rush, Leroy Maroney, Joe and Betty Fields; great-great grandmother, Alberta Goodman of Saluda; and uncles, Chaz Fields (Chanda Howard), Timmy Robinson (Mary) and Joey Robinson, all of Greenwood.
Pallbearers for Richard will be: Kerry McCurry, John Gary, Darcy Labadie, John Nicholson, Doug Sampson and Joshua Scott.
Pallbearers for Melissa will be: Wade Nicholson, Matt Ellison, James Goff, Van Spradley, Jay Bradley and Shannon Rodgers.
Pallbearers for Chandra will be: Jeremiah Owings, Dan Ellison, Blake Senn, Michael Jackett, Steve Pressley and Joey Robinson.
Pallbearers for Tariq will be: Miguel Fonseca, Qwan Boyd, Tommy Wright, Jake Craatz, Brandon Horne and Timmy Robinson.
Pallbearers for Asa will be: David Fonseca, Rob Spencer, Tommy Stewart and Mike Wright.
Please share this article with friends and family. Especially those who are now in dangerous domestic situations. And please donate if you can.