That's where mourners will gather for the funeral of a local family of four — parents Kevin and Amy Sharp and their children, Sterling and Adrianna — who went missing during their Mexican spring break vacation and were found dead Friday in their resort condo in Akumal.
In CRESTON, Iowa — The only place here large enough to hold the shock and grief engulfing this town will be Southwestern Community College, perhaps in the gymnasium.
Amy Sharp's close family gathered on a chilly Friday afternoon at the home of Beth Fry, Amy’s mother.
“We’re determined. We have love and support and family and friends and we will get through this. One way or another, we will.”
“Life is not going to be the same without her,” Fry said, overcome with grief as she stood in the bitter wind. “Half my family is gone.”
She leaned on her older daughter, Renee Hoyt. Amy Sharp's cousin, Jana Weland, stood beside them.
It was surreal, they said, as if they were watching some TV crime drama rather than their own lives as friends and family walked up with sagging plastic bags full of donated food and other items.
Other relatives circled around in the garage — nursing beers, numb in grief, sharing funny memories and trying to cheer each other up.
Kevin Sharp had been a salesman for the family beer distributor, Southwest Distributing Co.
Amy Sharp worked from home as a dental-claims specialist for Principal Financial in Des Moines.
Sterling, 12, was comparatively quiet. But he was an avid athlete and sportsman — baseball, swimming, fishing, hunting, etc.