South side neighborhood holds memorial for second anniversary of explosion

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By Michael Henrich

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 10, 2014) -- Two years after a house explosion claimed two lives and destroyed several homes, a community gathered to remember the deadly blast and those they lost on the Circle City's south side.

One day ahead of Monday's second anniversary of the Richmond Hill explosion, residents of the neighborhood held a vigil and memorial walk.

"It’s just our way of paying homage to them and to neighbors who suffered a lot of damage in here," said organizer Doug Aldridge.  "[The vigil] just makes us a closer community."

Dion and Jennifer Longworth, a young married couple, were killed when the house next door to them on Fieldfare Way exploded on Nov. 10, 2012.

"I think they’re coping the best they can," Aldridge said of the Longworths' relatives.  "I mean, it’s very tough to lose a child, especially in this manner.  Our hearts go out to both families.  This was just an awful thing that any parent would have to see their children perish in this way.

Residents lined the Richmond Hill neighborhood's sidewalks with handmade luminaries for the memorial walk, which they've now done three times.

"Not everybody grieves the same way.  I think it's therapeutic for a lot of us to come out and do this because, for a lot of us, we relive that night every day," Aldridge said.

The three people accused of causing that deadly blast each face two counts of murder.

Mark Leonard will stand trial in St. Joseph County in June next year, while the trial dates for Bob Leonard and Moncy Shirley have not been set.