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Funeral Services have been set for Wednesday for the family gunned down in their home in Manchester last week.

A fund has been set up to cover the funeral expenses for Jo Ann Sinclair, 66; her granddaughter Brittney Luark, 23; James Roy Ralston, 29; and two of their children Nolan Ralston, 5 and Brantley Ralston, 1.

All five were shot to death in their Manchester home Wednesday morning.

An unborn daughter Annagail Janelynn Ralston also died during the attack.

Funeral services for all five family members will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Daws Family Funeral Home in Roodhouse.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Tuesday with the family meeting friends from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Pinetree Cemetery near Patterson.

Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences may be left online at

Rick Smith is suspected of forcing his way into the home and shooting the family with a shotgun...before leading police on a two hour chase.

He died after a shootout with police. Click here to read the full story.

Luark's daughter, Kassidy Ralston, 6; survived the shooting and is reported in fair condition at a Springfield hospital.

Left behind is Rita Luark, who now must bury her mother, daughter, and two grandchildren. According to WLDS Radio, Rick Smith, the man police say murdered the family, is the father of Rita Luark's four-year daughter.

A fund to help cover the family's burial expenses has been set up at People's Bank and Trust in White Hall. Checks should be made payable to "Benefit Rita Luark Family" and can be mailed to 102 S. Main St., P.O. Box 258, White Hall, IL 62092 or taken to the bank.

There also is a fund to help pay for Roy Ralston's funeral expenses. That fund is set up at Carrollton Bank at 315 Sixth St., Carrollton, IL 62016. Checks should be made payable to "The James Roy Ralston Family Trust."

According to the obituaries, all five enjoyed life and what it had to offer. Read these excerpts from Daws Family Funeral Home.

Nolan, 5, was the Greene County Fair King and enjoyed going to his sister's girl scout events.

JoAnn was a very caring lady who loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly.

Brantley, 1, was a big brown eyed little fellow with curly red hair and a fiery hot temper. He was just learning to walk.

Brittney was a devoted mother who took an active role in her childrenâ??s school functions and Girl Scouts. She was looking forward to the birth of her daughter, Annagail and reuniting with her father, Charles.

Roy was a loving, devoted father. He was a very competitive person who enjoyed sports and fishing.