Family of confessed serial killer holds WA funeral
DEER PARK, Wash. (AP) -- The family of confessed serial killer Israel Keyes is remembering him at a private funeral service in a small Washington state town.
The funeral for the 34-year-old Keyes was held Sunday in Deer Park, Wash., about 15 miles north of Spokane. Keyes grew up in the nearby town of Colville.
Keyes confessed to killing eight people across the country, including Vermont, before he committed suicide recently in a jail cell in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Keyes family pastor, Jake Gardner, told reporters that Israel Keyes is now in a place of eternal torment.
Keyes slit his wrist and strangled himself with bedding and was found dead last Sunday. He was facing federal murder charges in the kidnapping and death of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who was abducted from an Anchorage coffee stand.