Funeral for Ashland homicide victim

By KBJR News 1

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 21, 2013 at 8:53 PM CDT

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com)---

This morning at the Bad River Community Center in Odanah a funeral was held for Ashland's William Saari. Sarri was murdered last weekend, a victim of homicide.

The Ashland community is trying to come to terms with an act of horrendous violence that left one man dead Monday night and a 14-year-old boy in custody.

"He was always smiling, always smiling and so was Carol, and they were just the happy couple," said Angela White, who lives directly behind the Saari's.

Angela White has been William Saari's neighbor for six years and on Monday she watched the tragedy unfold out her back window as Saari was brutally murdered. White says she's at a loss for words regarding the violence but is so saddened for the wife he leaves behind.

"It's times like this a person it just so helpless you want to just hold them in your arms and somehow make it okay, but you know that it's not," said White.

Jeffrey Specht lives a few houses down from the Saari's and saw the police and ambulance lights. He figured it was just some medical issue, but was shocked to learn the truth.

"it's crazy because usually the only commotion we have in this neighborhood is a bear in the garbage or a deer eating apples off people's trees," said Jeffrey Specht.

For Specht, it made him stop and think about just how important life is.

"Every day is a gift and should never be taken for granted because anybody can go at anytime," said Specht.

16-year-old Kayla Kolberg went to school with the alleged suspect in the case and it has been the talk of the hallways.

"Everyone's shocked. Everyone's like what, no way, no way," said Kolberg.

Kolberg still can't wrap her mind around what happened. She says she saw the alleged suspect every day, but that he got caught up in the wrong crowd and often ran away. She says he was still such a great kid and doesn't know what went wrong.

"He's a nice kid, and I don't know, I could never see him doing what he did at all, doesn't seem like him at all," said Kolberg .

The suspect is awaiting charges in a juvenile detention center in Ashland.

Under law, authorities can only hold a suspect for 48 hours without filing charges.
Authorities say they expect to file charges tomorrow but if they're not ready, they do have an option to request a time extension.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com