Two families impacted by Virginia gas explosion release statement

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ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. – The Roberts and Lewis families released a statement Tuesday as they mourn the loss of their loved ones after an explosion and fire at the South River Market in Rockbridge County claimed their lives.

The incident also killed a regular patron to the establishment.

The statement follows:

An explosion in the 9 o’clock hour of Friday, May 10, 2019 at South River Market has left two families to mourn the loss of four loved ones.

We grieve with the Ruley family as they suffer the loss of their dedicated husband, father, and son, Paul Ruley. Paul was a regular patron of South River Market, but more importantly, he was a friend.

Our own loss seems insurmountable, but with God, we will heal as a family as we grieve our husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Roger Roberts; son and father, Kevin Roberts; and wife, daughter, mother, and granddaughter, Samantha Roberts Lewis.

We wish to thank the community for the outpouring of love and support. Those who wish to honor the memory of Paul Ruler, Roger Roberts, Kevin Roberts, or Samantha Lewis with a monetary contribution are welcome to visit the Bank of Botetourt in Lexington where the families of each decedent have a memorial account. Injured patrons also have accounts for contributions, but we are honoring their privacy by not disclosing their names.

Obituaries and Celebration of Life announcements are forthcoming.

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