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Sister of accused killer talks about slain parents, apologizes to fallen officer's family

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MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) -

The Calvary Assembly of God Church on Pea Ridge Road is not far from where the awful events of Wednesday took place when, deputies said, Troy Whisnant killed his father and stepmother, and then a federal officer while exchanging gunfire.

His sister, Jenny Whisnant said she was afraid something like this could happen. Outside the Morganton church she spoke briefly about the events that have left her planning three funerals. But as a self-described "daddy's girl," she wanted to talk more about her father, Levi and stepmom, Ronda.

Jenny said that her dad and stepmom were church-going people. She said they loved each other very much and were married for 20 years.

"Just being married to my dad is what made her the happiest. And she told me that she felt like she was the luckiest woman in the world to have been married to my dad. She told me that so many times," she said.

Jenny Whisnant told stories of how her dad, Levi would spoil his wife. She said Ronda wasn't the type of person to ask for things, but when Levi found out she wanted a weathervane for their garden he bought it for Christmas. He put it in the yard that day while she worked as a nurse.

They built their home together. And Jenny said her dad was a perfectionist.

"And they were so proud to have built that house. They worked hard to have the money to build that house," said Whisnant.

Whisnant said the couple worked together from putting in the ceiling together on the round home to grouting the stones for the bathroom shower. She said Levi and Ronda's 20 year-marriage was beautiful.

"They were just perfect together," she said.

Levi Whisnant was called "Paw Paw" by his five grandchildren.

"He loved his children and his grandchildren. He thought the world of them and he would have done anything for them," said Whisnant.

Jenny is a single mom with three kids. She said when she was younger her dad helped her out.

"He knew when I was exhausted he would take them and play with them just so I could have a minute's peace," said Whisnant.

Levi Whisnant was one of 12 siblings. Jenny said he was a dad who wouldn't give up on his son, Troy Whisnant, even when Troy stopped taking medication.

"And he thought as long as he was at home with him and as long as he was right by his side that he could fix it and he could save my brother from himself," said Whisnant.

Jenny said her brother had mental and drugs problems. She said her dad told her Troy had an appointment with a counselor on Thursday to start treatment again.

The Thursday appointment never happened. Instead, she had to drive from her home in Tennessee to her childhood home in North Carolina. And she wants to thank all the people who have reached out to the entire Whisnant family with kind words

"'We know your dad was a good man, and you had a good family. Your stepmother was a wonderful person.' When people tell you that, you already know it but when people tell you that, that just makes it even better," said Whisnant.

She continues to pray for her family and Officer Crisp's family.

"I have been thinking about you and you have been in my prayers," said Whisnant, "And I'm very sorry that you've had to go through this. I'm sorry that my brother's actions caused you so much pain."

The Whisnant family says funeral services for Troy Whisnant will be private and not publicized. They are still planning what they will do for Levi and Ronda.

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