The Johnson family released this statement Friday morning through the Victim Assistance Program:
“The Johnson Family would like to thank everyone for all their thoughts, prayers, posts, donations, care and concern in this very difficult time. The support the community has given us is overwhelming.
“Russ, Gertie, Bryan and Autumn were loved by many and will be forever missed. There are no words for the loss we are all experiencing. Copley is our home and we love this community. The people here are so caring, loving and generous. We have no words to show how grateful we are for everything everyone is doing.
“The weeks and months to come will be difficult and we appreciate your ongoing support. Please respect our privacy as we go through this difficult grieving process.
“Please also pray for the Dieter and the Shambaugh families. Private services have taken place.