Franklin community remembers a hero

FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – The man who was killed while trying to help a Franklin neighbor was laid to rest Monday.

Family of Ernie Jasper spoke only to 24-Hour News 8 Monday.  They want to make sure everyone knows that he was a hero.

Ernie Jasper’s funeral was Monday afternoon at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home.  He was buried at Franklin’s Green Lawn Cemetery.

The reality of Jasper’s death hasn’t sunk in for his friends and family who for years depended on them as their rock.

Family members say they weren’t surprised that Jasper went over to help last Monday when a young neighbor boy knocked on his door asking if there’s anything he could do.

Jasper and his wife Penny are foster parents and have had some 50 foster kids in and out of their home for the past 13 years. One of his foster children, Danny Scott Jr., was there with Jasper at the shooting. He says he’s alive today because of Jasper.

“He was definitely my guardian angel that night and he saved me. And even if he knew what was going to happen he’d do it all over again,” Scott said. “If there’s any type of man that I could be in this life he’s the type of man that I want to be.”

Ernie’s son, Dustin Jasper, also wanted everyone to know this his family doesn’t hold a grudge against the young man who police say pulled the trigger.

“We have no grudge.  We have nothing against the Parish family.  They didn’t understand what was going on with the boy. It was a shocker to them.  It was a shocker to us.  Honestly, the boy didn’t have it out for my dad. Basically it was jsut a troubled relationship is what we understand. And it just didn’t go his way and it’s just when his emotions took over his body and we clearly understand that.  And my dad would understand that too.  My dad raised me to be that kind of a guy.  Not to hold any grudges,” Dustin said.

Last Monday night, police say 21-year-old Andrew Parish got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend across the street from Jasper.  When Jasper arrived, that’s when police say Parish pulled a gun, shooting and killing Jasper along with a roommate there, 19-year-old Sara Davidson.

Police say Parish fled the scene.  They found him behind some grain bins off of 400 North.  When they arrived they say he turned an AK-47 on himself.

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