Byrd and Melanie Billings Funeral: Couple Laid to Rest as Double Murder Investigation Continues … Rest in Peace


Byrd and Melanie Billings, the Florida couple known for their compassion for adopting 13 special needs children will be laid to rest today. The couple was murdered last Thursday in a double homicide, home invasion robbery. Let us not forget in all of the news dominated by the horrific crime against Byrd and Melanie Billings, which these people were inspirations and heroes. The compassion and caring that these two showed in opening their home and hearts to special needs children is never to be forgotten.


Byrd and Melanie Billings, Rest in Peace

Family and friends gathered Thursday night for a visitation for the couple at Liberty Church west of Pensacola. A funeral was set for Friday at the church.

To date, authorities have arrested 8 individuals, seven + one, in the murders of the Florida couple. According to authorities, the safe and several guns were recovered, believed to be the murder weapons.

Billings murder: Safe and Guns seized

State Attorney Bill Eddins says investigators located “valuable evidence” including the safe which was stolen from the Billings home during last Thursday’s home invasion murder of Melanie and Byrd Billings. Eddins said several guns were also recovered from various locations, one of which investigators believe is the murder weapon. The evidence is being processed at this time.

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  • Comments

    12 Responses to “Byrd and Melanie Billings Funeral: Couple Laid to Rest as Double Murder Investigation Continues … Rest in Peace”

    1. LAURA on July 17th, 2009 12:39 pm

      Byrd & Melanie, may you rest in peace. God bless you for all the good you have done here on earth for the special children. you will be missed.

      I pray to god that there will be justice!

    2. Michelle Smith on July 17th, 2009 1:15 pm


      My prayers go out to the family.

    3. The future Mrs. Drake on July 17th, 2009 1:21 pm

      Rest in peace Mr. and Mrs. Billings,
      I hope the monster’s responsible for this
      get what they deserve.
      this couple were a saving grace to those children who will miss them deeply,
      God will punish those who do wrong to the one’s
      who do right.
      God Bless the Billings may they rest in peace now.

    4. PA Mom on July 17th, 2009 2:31 pm

      What a beautiful couple! I pray for all of their children.

    5. Kelly Diaz on July 17th, 2009 6:27 pm

      God bless you two. Your beautiful family is in my prayers.

    6. Babyfacemagee on July 17th, 2009 7:35 pm

      One thing that stands out in my mind is that apparently 3 of their adopted children died over the years. I’ve be interested to know the circumstances and causes of all three deaths just to make sure there’s no connection. I understand they took care of disabled children but 3 deaths seems like a lot out.

    7. Johnsmart on July 18th, 2009 1:58 am

      Seven people just don’t get together everyday and plan a robbery or a murder like this. When the truth comes out it most likely will be that Bryd and Melanie obtained their wealth with dirt on it. One person, two persons maybe three, but seven robbing one house? Those seven must have known about a large amount of money or drugs that could be split seven ways. Enough money or drugs that each of them must have thought it was worth it to risk their freedoms for it. No way in hell will I be praising those two parents as saints just yet!

    8. BUN on July 18th, 2009 9:10 am

      #7 Johnsmarty…so are you blaming the victims now? You seem to know a lot about how robbers and killers think, I wonder about you?

    9. Lin McKay on July 18th, 2009 10:27 am

      Children with special needs often have short lives and need specialized care during those lives and precious years of life. To even suggest that there was more to it is disrespectful. I have no doubt they were monitored closely to see if they could handle the large number of children in their care. It always amazes me when people try to shed negative light on a situation. Shame on you. One of the children that died, and was the reason for providing care for so many disabled children, was the very disabled daughter of Melanie Billings. She resolved her loss and grieving of this child by providing for other children with special needs. It is time to be supportive and stop trashing fine people. Everyone has a past and it is how you live your future that is important.

    10. Michelle Smith on July 18th, 2009 11:40 am

      Some of you are just mean & nasty. #6 #7

      Makes me sick.

    11. A Texas Grandfather on July 18th, 2009 3:25 pm

      Were these people perfect? I doubt it, but they did do a service to the community through their care of these special children. Most special children have short lives. Few reach maturity and this couple were dedicated to taking care of these damaged little ones. It takes a lot of love to do this. God bless their efforts.

    12. lucy on January 28th, 2010 4:43 pm

      This message is for those people leaving stupid messages and disrespecting the dead. Who are you to judge the couple, they used their money to help those less fortunate, those kids that got forgotten because they were not healthy or “normal”. No matter how the couple got their money via good business sense or inherited, they help those children. Now that those sick people that killed them not only took the life of that couple but also took a change for me children to get helped. You the one asking about the death of the other children, will you take of those children know that they have no home? I bet not. And you the one the seems to know how killers think, are you willing to care for those children? People are so quick to judge, no matter how the billings lived there life they didn’t deserve to die that way. No one deserved to get killed, those that are dirtying the billings name should look at themselves first. See if they are perfected

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