Husband, wife dead after package explodes at Lebanon home

Husband, wife dead after package explodes at Lebanon home

Posted: Updated: Feb 12, 2014 11:46 PM
Jon Setzer, 74, was killed after a package exploded at his Lebanon home. His wife Marion, 72, died of her injuries Wednesday. Jon Setzer, 74, was killed after a package exploded at his Lebanon home. His wife Marion, 72, died of her injuries Wednesday.
LEBANON, Tenn. -

The wife of a Lebanon man killed after a package exploded at his home earlier this week has died.

Marion Setzer, 72, was critically injured in the explosion Monday evening that killed her 74-year-old husband, retired bankruptcy lawyer Jon Setzer.  She died Wednesday evening at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

The package's origin was not immediately known, but officials with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said it exploded near the side of the Setzer's home located in the 500 block of Vance Lane.

"We are directing our investigation to that residence and that piece of property and nowhere else right now," Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan told News 2.

Investigators are working to determine if the Setzers were the intended target or if it was meant for someone else living on the property.

Neighbors told News 2 the Setzer's daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren live in a separate house on the property, and that the neighborhood is typically quiet.

"They are just the perfect neighbor," resident David Hughen said. "We felt like this was a place that nothing would ever happen."

"It's just terrible the way people are doing nowadays. I just feel terrible for the family," neighbor Betty Henley added.

On Wednesday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told News 2 the agency has received more than half dozen tips in connection to the bombing.

The agency is chasing down all those tips.

Investigators also completed processing the scene of the explosion Wednesday.  Technicians are analyzing all of the evidence collected at the home in the TBI and ATF crime labs.

The Setzers were longtime members of the First United Methodist Church.

"This horrific tragedy has left the members of the church and all who know them in disbelief and profound sorrow. Our prayers continue for their children and grandchildren," Rev. Mike Ripski said in a statement.

A prayer service was held at Lebanon FUMC Wednesday night.

Ken Caldwell, a friend of Jon and Marion, told News 2 the bombing doesn't make sense.

"The initial reaction was disbelief," said Caldwell. "They are so selfless. If you're around them, they seem to care about everybody else but themselves. Why would this kind of thing happen to people like them?"

Principal Jennifer Whitener of McCain Christian Academy, located near the home, said she was the only one inside the school when she heard the explosion about 100 yards away.

"I looked out the window and didn't see anything. Left here about 5:30 p.m. and saw five to seven emergency vehicles in the front yard of the house next door, saw two more arriving as I was leaving. [It was] very startling," Whitener said.

An $8,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Anyone who sees or receives any suspicious packages should call authorities immediately.

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