Alleged murderer buried with military honors

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, November 4, 2007

EDGEFIELD, SC - Family members say Alecia and Jade Arangilan were always smiling and full of life. But Investigators say that was all taken away by Robert Herring.

Herring's funeral was held Sunday at Posey Funeral Home. He was funeralized with military honors, something Alecia and Jade Arangilan's family cannot believe and will not accept.

"He shot my niece (Jade) while she was sleeping in her bed and did the same thing to my sister (Alecia) and they had no choice. He was such a coward that he took his own life. We won't stop pursuing it until we find some type of justice for them," said Alecia's sister Tonya Sullivan.

In a prepared statement the family offers condolences to Herring's children, but also say they're going to fight to get Robert Herring stripped of all military honors.

"Bob was not an American hero. He was an evil monster that premeditated my baby sister and my niece's murder. Is this an American hero? I don't think so. And all my family's asking is that he be stripped of all his military honors," said Sullivan.

That's what Alecia and Jade's family is seeking, but under law they won't get it without a fight.

According to Senate Bill 1042, Section 66, people who are convicted of a capital offense can be denied of certain burial benefits -- including internment in national cemeteries. But Herring never stood trial.
So for now, the body of Robert Herring will be buried at the Beaufort National Veterans Cemetery.

Alecia and Jade's family says they're going to change that and they want Herring stripped of all military honors.

"We're not going to stop. This is my sister and my niece. They were innocent," said Sullivan.

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  • by Michael Bolton Location: Tallahassee, Fl on Jul 13, 2008 at 03:38 PM
    I am shocked at this news. I was married to Alecia, she and her children are wonderful people and didn't deserve to be gunned down. Being a veteran myself, I believe he should be stripped of all military honors and benifits.
  • by aaron Location: usa on Nov 8, 2007 at 03:29 AM
    all the family wanted was a little justice.that is want they got ,now they can move on and start the healing process. murder is and always will be a choice. when is it o.k to kill. jade was 17 yrs young and not his real child ,she was my niece my brothers 1st born. imagine your child murdered. thank the lord that there is a better place then this. our prayers go out to all families and i pray that they will all find peace.
  • by krista Location: edgefield on Nov 6, 2007 at 02:42 PM
    I grew up with Jade, she was almost like the sister i never had. Miss Alecia was like my second mother. I knew Bob, slept under the same roof as that man, and to know he took the life of 2 INNOCENT people while they were sleeping and then cowarded to take his own life. He does NOT deserve ANY military service and our family, Jade and Alecias Family, and ALL of our friends are doing our best to protest this from happening.
  • by Michelle Location: Martinez on Nov 6, 2007 at 02:07 PM
    Regardless to whether or not his wife was sleeping around he had no right to end her nor her daughters life, if he was that distraught over it he could have and should have left, now because of what he did there are 2 families suffering. he should not have been buried with military honors because he can't stand trial he killed himself so that he would not have to face the charges this does not sound like an american hero to me sounds like a COWARD. The american heros are overseas fighting for our freedom and our lives to be spared. HE IS NO AMERICAN HERO NO MATTER IF HE SERVED OR NOT !!!!
  • by matthews Location: augusta on Nov 5, 2007 at 07:20 PM
    TO the family, you cant beat a dead horse he is dead. do not let nothing to do with this be on your hands when the story is told ten years from now, help the children to heal, dont let them keep up this fight of no end
  • by Unknown Location: Augusta on Nov 5, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    I agree with Jessica, My heartfelt prayers go out to this family, but fighting the military honors is not going to ease the pain. The family should concentrate on being their for each other, especially the children that were left behind. Let GOD deal with those military honors. GOD BLESS!
  • by Terry Location: home on Nov 5, 2007 at 12:30 PM
    I hope both families can find out what went wrong that this tragedy came about. I'm sure this has affected a lot of people as well as the family. I hope that the victims' family can forgive that he was buried with military honors and that the honors give Mr. Herring's family a small consolation in the despair, compassion, empathy and bewilderment they must be feeling regarding all three deaths. I hope that future proceedings will help bring about answers that will bring some comfort to both families and a sense of justice and peace to the victims' immediate family.
  • by Sad for the loss Location: Barnwell on Nov 5, 2007 at 12:27 PM
    I am very sorry for their loss. And there is no reasonable excuse for what Bob did- but in digging to get to the truth, you may not want the answers you find. Just as there have been cases where abused women are brutialized not only physcially, but emotionally, this may be similar, except Bob was the victim. His wife stripped him of every bit of dignity a man could hold as well as financially. What would you do if your wife was sleeping around? Seek ye the truth, and it will be found...
  • by Elise Location: Aiken on Nov 5, 2007 at 12:27 PM
    He should never be buried with military honors. It's scary to think that men like him are defending our country. Dishonorable, YES!
  • by Jessica Location: Aiken, SC on Nov 5, 2007 at 11:03 AM
    What this man did was by no means right, and my prayers go out to BOTH famalies. However, he did serve our country and recieved an honorable discharge from the military before he committed this crime.
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