(FERNLEY, NV - KRNV, News4) - The home along Jessica Lane where Dorothy and Robert Pape made seventeen years of memories is now gone; demolished after it was set on fire, the Papes bodies found murdered inside a pickup.
"I hope and pray that this never happens to another family," the Pape’s daughter-in-law, Terry Pape said.
Since the arrest of Jeremiah Bean on May 15, who authorities say is responsible for killing the Papes and three others in and near the small town of Fernley, the Papes’ son, Bob Pape and wife, Terry, have been left picking up the pieces. But, what's been left behind is being taken, piece by piece.
"They took a crowbar and opened the side of (the shed) and Robert used plywood to get it back together," Pape said.
Thieves have struck several times, taking family mementoes, including a liberty bell.
"They took the bell off the pole, but it had to be two people because that thing is heavy as hell," Pape said.
Most recently, a windmill Robert Pape made from a collection of old boards was taken.
"There's nothing here of any value to anybody but the Pape family," Terry Pape said.
With each call to the Lyon County Sheriff's office to report a new theft or damage, the Papes are left reliving a nightmare that has become their reality.
"Whoever these people are who keep wanting to vandalize this property, you know, you're going to get caught and when I catch you, Lord help you," Terry Pape said.
Using sixteen hoses, strung together using water from a nearby neighbor, Robert Pape comes to the property each day to keep the trees his father planted alive.
"He doesn't say much and then all of a sudden he starts crying and then he'll wipe his eyes and start doing something else," Terry Pape said.
In the coming months, the couple plans to make a new home and memories on the ten acre property. But, they don't plan on letting go of what's been taken, any time soon.
"When I move out here and I see my liberty bell, or my windmill, I'm going to go get it," Terry Pape said.