Much as when military veterans turn out for the funeral of a fallen comrade they have never known and who has no family, people in and around Allenstown are expected to gather this Saturday, Nov. 9, to pay respects to a mother and daughter whose identities were long known only to God.

The case of the Bear Brook murders in Allenstown has gained national and world attention over the years. The mystery of whose bodies were found, way back in 1985, and who had killed them, took years to solve.

Three bodies were finally identified as those of Marlyse Honeychurch and her daughters, Marie Vaughn and Sarah McWaters. Sarah will be buried elsewhere but Marlyse and Marie will now have a proper service, and a headstone, in Allenstown’s St. John the Baptist Cemetery this Saturday at 2 p.m.

The two have no nearby family but relatives have expressed the hope that local residents will be there for the service, which the Petit-Roan Funeral Home of Pembroke has arranged.

Allenstown resident Holly Sears told WMUR-TV this week that she thinks “it’s important that people show up to show their support and show that we care.”

We expect a lot of folks will do just that.