Byrd and Melanie Billings

13 May

Byrd and Melanie Billings were adoptive parents. They took care of disabled children, including autistic children. New stories vary on how many kids the Billings’ had, but one states that they had 16 kids, 12 of whom were adopted. Many of their children were disabled, including autism and Down syndrome.

I’m am in awe of these people.

Unfortunately the way I’ve heard about this family is through tragedy. Apparently a small group (seven men and a woman) entered their home and murdered them. Their children were present. This happened last year, but some of the people involved in this murder have decided to cooperate in return for lower sentences.

Byrd and Melanie Billings Murder: Teen Pleads in Fla. Slaying of Wealthy, Adoptive Parents

More here: Billings suspect enters plea of no contest

Here is video from last year, talking about the case. But it talks about the family as well.

http://abcnews.go.com/assets/player/walt2.6/flash/SFP_Walt.swf

An older sibling plans to care for the 13 children.

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