Updated 1 year ago
More than two years after a Madison County couple went missing, their families will finally have some closure. Sonsaray Warford and Charles Walker will both be buried in the next ten days. The two men who police say killed and tortured them are waiting for trial.
A roadside cross is the only memorial for Warford and Walker. It's the only marking where family can pay their respects, where they've held vigils, and left messages of love.
It's been a painful place too; a reminder of how the couple suffered. In March, police found their bodies just a few yards away.
Now, the families are ready to let go of some of that pain.
"Now that we have him, we'll be able to give him the closure that he needs," says Amy Burbridge, who is Walker's aunt.
The bodies of Warford and Walker have been returned to their families, nearly two and a half years after they were last seen.
"When we got him back, the emotions started all over again. And now we're getting ready to bury him, and the emotions are starting over again," Burbridge says.
Sonsaray will be buried Saturday, November 3. Walker will be buried a week later on November 10, so friends and family can attend both funerals.
"It's going to be be hard. It's going to be very hard. His mother, she's not doing well at all," Burbridge says.
This week is about reflecting on two lives that ended too soon. But after Warford and Walker are laid to rest, the fight in the courtroom will continue. In August, Matt Denholm and Daniel Keene will stand trial, accused of kidnapping and killing the couple.
"Every hearing, every time they're in court, we're going to be right there," Burbridge says.