LAMOINE, Maine — A joint funeral has been scheduled for the victims in the Oct. 23 double homicide in Lamoine and their killer, who was shot dead by police after a more than six-hour police manhunt.
A public funeral service for Robert Tilden, his brother in-law, Russell Pinkham, and his son, Leon Tilden, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the First Congregational Church, UCC, at 2 Church Street in Ellsworth.
Leon Tilden, 27, shot and killed his father and uncle at the the Tilden’s 16 Bobolink Lane home early in the morning of Oct. 23. Tilden’s mother, Lori Tilden, called 911 and Leon Tilden fled. A State Police Tactical Team encountered an armed Leon Tilden near the home about six-and-a-half hours later and shot him. He was pronounced dead at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Arrangements are being made by the Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home in Ellsworth. The Rev. Robert Maddocks of Eden Baptist Church in Salisbury Cove will lead the service.
Maddocks said Wednesday that the funeral is being held at the large Ellsworth church in anticipation of a large crowd of well-wishers expected to pay their respects.
“The friends and family would like to express their condolences,” Maddocks said Wednesday. “Attending the service is one way to do that.”
Maddocks, a former Ellsworth educator, said he was once Robert Tilden’s teacher, and that he has had “ministerial relations” with the Pinkham family in the past. He said he didn’t know why the family decided to have all three funerals together, and said no final decision has been made about where the deceased will be buried.
The Oct. 23 shooting was the second outbreak of gun violence in Lamoine this year. In March, an argument led to a Douglas Highway shooting that left one dead and three injured. The town has said that despite the recent violence, “Lamoine continues to be a great place to live.”
Some Lamoine residents have banded together to help the Tilden family through fundraisers, including a craft sale held last week and a coming potluck dinner on Nov. 17 in Lamoine. Raffle tickets for multiple prizes are currently on sale, and winners will be drawn at the fundraiser dinner.
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