News 12 First at Five, November 5, 2007
EDGEFIELD, SC - Former Veterans can be buried in national cemeteries, but that may not be the case for former marine Robert Herring.
Herring's funeral was held Sunday. Investigators say he shot and killed his wife, Alecia Arangilan, and 17 year-old step-daughter, Jade Arangilan, before turning the gun on himself.
Herring was scheduled to be buried at the Beaufort National Veteran's Cemetery, but the director says that may not happen.
"What we're doing is making a determination of the facts surrounding the case and then once we have the facts we'll apply those facts to the eligibility directive and make a determination on whether Mr. Herring is eligible for burial at a national cemetery," said Director Bernie Bowse.
The controversy is making national waves. The Marine Corps Times says Herring's burial is being stalled because of a law stating, "someone who would have been convicted of a capital crime but died before a trial is not eligible for burial at a veterans' cemetery."
"What we've done is postpone the internment which was scheduled for today (November 5) at noontime," said Bowse.
So for now, Robert Herring's body is still at Posey Funeral Home.
The family of Robert Herring's alleged victims say they will do everything possible to keep Herring from being buried with military honors.
"We're not going to stop. This is my sister and my niece. They were innocent," said Alecia Arangilan's sister, Tanya Sullivan.