PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - A double funeral on the Treasure Coast Saturday followed a double murder in Port St. Lucie nearly a week ago. Mary Jo and Blake Hadley were memorialized at their Catholic church in front of nearly 1,000 mourners.
Investigators said the Hadleys were killed by their 17-year-old son, Tyler. Detectives said Tyler beat his parents to death with a hammer and then hosted a party at the Hadley home with up to 60 guests.
There was a mix of emotions, including sadness and anger, on Saturday morning as the twin caskets of Mary Jo and Blake Hadley arrived at St. Lucie Catholic Church. The caskets were moved to the church side by side as a standing-room-only crowd of family and friends waited inside.
"Complete numbness, not really sure how to handle everything," said Debbie Piekart, who saw Mary Jo Hadley three weeks ago at their 30th high school reunion in Broward County. Piekart said she could not believe what had unfolded since then. "Life is short. You can't take things for granted," she said.
The solemn services were held just a few miles from Northeast Granduer Avenue, where the Hadleys were found dead in their home less than a week ago. "There had to be a reason for what happened, and I pray that they found out what happened and hope he gets the help that he needs," said family friend Kathy Boswell.
Tyler remained behind bars at the St. Lucie County Jail as the priest presiding over the Hadley's funeral asked for forgiveness and prayer for the double murder suspect. "If God wants to give him a second chance, then he gets a second chance," said Molly Winn. Winn's mother was a close friend of Mrs. Hadley's.
Tyler's older brother, Ryan, was too distraught to speak to the public Saturday, according to friends. He was receiving much support from the hundreds of family and friends that attended the memorial services.
Mary Jo and Blake Hadley's funeral home confirmed the couple will be cremated and their ashes will be buried. It is unclear when or where that cremation and burial occur.