Funeral services held for DC arson murder victims

Hundreds of people packed Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Northwest D.C. on Monday for the funeral of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, Amy, and their son, Philip. The three victims were found murdered inside their burning home last month along with housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa.

So far, one man has been charged with the crime and police say they are looking for others.

Archbishop Demetrios, the archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, presided over the ceremony that lasted just about an hour and a half and included singing by the children's choir of Washington National Cathedral.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was among the mourners along with a number of young men who attended Saint Albans School with 10-year-old Philip Savopoulos.

Abigail Savopoulos stood with her sister, Katerina, and stoically watched as the caskets of their parents and brother were loaded into three separate hearses outside Saint Sophia.

The sisters, 19 and 17 years old, were then led down the church steps and around the back for the short journey to Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown where the three will be laid to rest.

"There were quite a few folks in tears, but it was beautiful with what the archbishop had to say and it was very moving," said one mourner who attended. "No family members spoke. It was very different from your typical funeral. You had the Greek Orthodox clergy who spoke, so they were the ones sharing some times in regard to the family."

"I think the service focused on the fact that these three amazing people have gone to a better place and we should emulate the example of service that they left behind," said another funeral attendee.

D.C. police say the Savopoulos family was held against their will for as long as 18 hours until $40,000 in cash was delivered to their home on Woodland Drive. All three were beaten and stabbed before being set on fire.

One man, Daron Wint, is in custody and charged with the crime after police said his DNA was discovered on a pizza crust found in a Domino's pizza box left at the scene.

Mayor Bowser and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh had nothing to say to reporters as they left the church.

Mourners said it was standing room only inside with many having to go to the basement where they were only able to listen.

Savvas Savopoulos was the president and CEO of American Iron Works in Hyattsville, Maryland, where Wint once worked as a laborer.

As far as the investigation is concerned, police say others were involved in the crime. But at this point, Wint is the only one charged.

Police executed a large of number of search warrants in the case, but so far, they remain sealed.

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