Slain woman’s brother dies after planning her funeral

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Eric Napier, of Perry County, died of a heart attack 4-14-19, just three days after his younger sister Mary Napier was found shot to death along a trail in a remote area of the county. He had just planned her funeral

VICCO, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Perry County family, already dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one to gun violence, lost another family member to a heart attack just three days later, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

State Police say 32-year old Mary Napier, of Vicco, was found shot to death along a trail in a remote area of Perry County on April 11, 2019.

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Her brother, 33-year old Eric Napier, who worked as a miner, made his sister’s funeral arrangements on Saturday, cut the grass at the family cemetery Sunday in preparation for her funeral and died of a heart attack later that day while playing a video game with his son, according to the newspaper report.

Mary Napier’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at Engle-Bowling Funeral Home, which is handling the arrangements for both.

Eric Napier’s funeral is set for Friday at Willow Fern Baptist Church.



The two will be buried one grave apart in the Napier-Haley Family Cemetery in Viper, according to the funeral home.

For Mary Napier’s obituary, click here

For Eric Napier’s obituary, click here