Double Branch Road Filming of 3 Family Members: GoFundMe Raises $ 20,000
A triple homicide, which claimed the lives of family members in a house on Double Branch Road, rocked a neighborhood known to be “really quiet” for most. The narrow, winding four-mile drive showcases Maury County’s pastoral roots with green farmland, grazing farm animals, and sprawling residential lots from one to 100 acres.
Heading south on the 2,100-block road where the violence took place, bales of hay lie in a manicured grassy field to the right, while cows graze in a pasture to the left, leading to the brick house of a McNeely storey.
A weed-covered lot is adjacent to the left side of the property, while mature trees line the opposite side. On Friday morning, Jesse McNeely, the owner, escaped through a window in the house, rushing to a neighbor’s house to call 911, according to Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland. He was married to Traci McNeely, 44, who was killed along with her two children, Kailee Grace Warren, 11, and Carson Glenn Pipkin, 22, inside the house on Friday.
According to property records, the couple purchased the 1,597 square foot home in January. They also mention Carson Pipkin as a resident of the house.
Five family members were in the house at the time of the shooting, according to Rowland.
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McNeely’s stepson Nathanial Pipkin, 22, reportedly opened fire on the four family members inside the house just before 6 a.m. on Friday, according to the Maury County Sheriff’s Department. He was arraigned Monday in Maury County Court and is scheduled to appear before Judge Lee Bailey in Part II of the Maury County General Sessions Court in Mt. Pleasant at 1 p.m. on November 22.
Neighbor: “It’s shocking”
Neighbor Hal Holcomb, who grew up in a small white house on Double Branch Road near Highway 31, has lived in another house down the road for 30 years.
On Friday morning, he heard three successive gunshots early in the morning while doing gardening work outside.
âI was putting gasoline in my lawn mower and heard three gunshots, which sounded like gunshots, all about 30 seconds apart,â he said. “There may have been more shots. I don’t know, but that’s what I heard.”
Holcomb said he was unfamiliar with his neighbors, although he did recall seeing the late Kailee Grace Warren, 11, frequently playing with the family’s dog in the front yard.
“It’s tragic. It just makes you feel worse here for the younger one,” he said, squeezing his stomach. “I was shocked. It’s just shocking. Nothing like this happened on this street.”
The only thing that previously attracted attention in the area is the occasional car wreck on the winding rural road, said Mark Phelps, a resident of the streets since 1993.
âIt’s really calm here,â he said.
Battle Ground Middle School, located a few miles down the street in Spring Hill, mourns the loss of Kailee, a sixth-grade student at the school. Principal Mike Kinnard said the school plans to hold a special memorial for Kailee when students and staff return from the district’s fall vacation this week.
âWe are saddened,â Kinnard told the Daily Herald on Monday afternoon. “She was a very sweet young woman and she will be missed.”
A team of counselors provided services at the school for students and staff on Monday and will continue to provide counseling after the fall break.
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Over $ 20,000 in donations raised
Danielle Mendelson and Dominic Lambert, two colleagues of Jesse McNeely, the surviving family member of the tragic shooting, organized a fundraiser for the family to help pay for the funeral costs on GoFundMe.com. Angie Hargrove of Campbells Station in Maury County, Carson’s aunt Glenn Pipkin, 20, also started a fund for fundraising website.
âHe was loved and adored by so many people,â writes Hargrove.
As of Thursday, more than $ 13,000 had been donated to the fund to help Carson Pipkin’s family, while more than $ 9,000 had been donated to help Jesse McNeely.
âWe are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and generosity in honor of Carson. From all of Carson’s family, we thank you and ask God to bless you ten times for your gifts,â Hargrove said on the website Thursday.
According to Carson Pipkin’s Facebook page, he had served as a crematorium operator at the Pet Angel Memorial Center in Columbia.
McNeely has worked in sales at Best Brands Incorporated, a family-owned wholesale distributor of wine, beer, beverages and spirits since 1939, according to the company.
âOur friend and colleague from Best Brands, Jesse McNeely, lost three family members on October 1,â the GoFundMe post read. “The family is understandably devastated by this loss.”
“We are raising funds to cover unforeseen funeral expenses, services and the time Jesse will need to take time off work to mourn with his family. Everything helps, no donation is too small.”
The fundraisers attracted more than 200 donors collectively on Thursday.
Various liquor retailers donated to the McNeely Fund, including Cool Springs Wine & Spirits ($ 500) and A to Z Sprits Lawrenceburg ($ 1,000).
The primary donor to the Carson Pipkin Fund is Brandy Lusk Millhouse, who donated $ 1,000.
Mike White, a resident of Double Branch Road and a staunch opponent of a subdivision of more than 700 houses proposed for development on the intersection of Greens Mill Road, said he felt for the family who lived about two miles away of the.
âWe are extremely sorry for the whole family,â White said. “It’s something that didn’t need to happen. But no one could have predicted it. It’s very unfortunate.”
Mike Christen contributed to this story.