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Hundreds gathered at Vicky White’s funeral after she shot herself dead during an 11-day police chase and busted ‘murderer’ lover Casey White out of prison.
White, 56, has been laid to rest as friends and family gathered today hoping for ‘closure’ if not comprehension after a torrid two weeks that began when she sprang her convict lover from jail and ended when she put a bullet in her head Monday, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Close to 200 mourners gathered beneath the sweltering Alabama sun as they were told to set aside the ‘pain and trauma’ of recent days and focus instead on the version of Vicky they thought they knew – ‘real loved,’ ‘loyal’ and ‘a person who impacted on people’s lives.’
Doves were released as her coffin was lowered into her family plot in Center Hill Cemetery in her hometown of Lexington, Alabama. Vicky’s mother, Patricia, wept as she led mourners for her only daughter. It is not clear if Vicky’s father, JC who is 81, attended.
Several members of Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department were there, along with friends, relations and former inmates of Lauderdale County Jail whose lives Vicky had touched. But Sheriff Rick Singleton was nowhere to be seen.
Hundreds gathered at Vicky White’s funeral after she shot herself dead during an 11-day police chase and busted ‘murderer’ lover Casey White out of prison
Flowers are pictured at White’s grave on Sunday ahead of 200 people gathering for her funeral
Vickey’s casket was adorned with a gray marble slab with her name Vicky Sue Davis written on it
Several of Vicky’s old coworkers and friends also attended the funeral
Close family sat on blue velvet seats by the graveside, beneath a blue canopy and flanked by numerous large floral arrangements that had arrived across the morning.
‘Hold your memories close,’ funeral director John Abercrombie told them, signally omitting any reference to the events that led Vicky, or her mourners, to this day.
It is just over two weeks since the 17-year veteran of Lauderdale County Correctional Facility tore her world apart, walking out on her life and storied career that saw her win employee of the year five times over – all for serial felon Casey White, 38.
Speaking to DailyMail.com Vicky’s boss, Jason Butler, Director of Lauderdale County Correctional Facility, who attended the early afternoon funeral with his wife said: ‘I think everyone is just tired and numb at this point. I choose to focus on the Vicky I know – she was a good friend and a good colleague for 16 years.
Vicky’s family was seen sitting in velvet blue chairs under a canopy near correctional officer’s casket
Vicky White’s casket site sits in front of her grave on Saturday
Doves were released as her coffin was lowered into her family plot in Center Hill Cemetery in her hometown of Lexington, Alabama. Vicky’s mother, Patricia, wept as she led mourners for her only daughter. It is not clear if Vicky’s father, JC who is 81, attended
Mourners hugged each other as they gathered by Vicky White’s grave site
‘I think what we’re hoping for now is closure and healing. Her colleagues have to keep on doing their jobs and working day by day.’
According to Butler grief counsellors have been made available to colleagues all of whom are ‘shook’ by the events of the past weeks.
Vicky and White’s 11-day stretch on the lam came to a dramatic and tragic end just 270 miles north of their starting point in Evansdale, Indiana.
Law enforcement was alerted to their presence in the Indiana town when the owner of a local carwash caught White on surveillance footage.
Meanwhile a keen-eyed Vanderburgh County patrol officer ran the plates on a vehicle parked outside Motel 41 on the edges of the town, and ironically almost directly opposite Vanderburgh County Sheriff Department.
The grey Cadillac came up as stolen and officers staked out the motel, lying in wait and giving chase when the couple emerged from room 151 – a room they had paid a local man to book for them, paying in cash for a 14 day stay they were destined to never complete.
A high-speed chase came to an end when law enforcement rammed the couple’s car from the road and into a ditch.
White surrendered, saying that his plan to have a shoot-out was only foiled because the vehicle flipped making it impossible for him to reach his gun.
Vicky shot herself and died in hospital soon after.
Her last words to White, caught on 911 audio were to scold him and say, ‘You had to stay in some f****** motel.’
But according to White’s mother and friends and associates of Vicky to whom DailyMail.com has spoken, the couple ‘really loved’ each other.
It is the only way some can make sense of the cataclysmic turn of events in Vicky’s previously blemish-less life.
Crystal Shores, 42, from Rogersville, Alabama was typical of many who turned up Saturday to mourn and honor Vicky’s memory.
Shores knew Vicky from her time in Lauderdale County Jail. She said, ‘I am a criminal, and I did my time and Vicky never treated us like prisoners, she treated us like people.
‘She was a very nice kindhearted woman. Casey is a snake in the grass, and I hope he gets what he deserves.
Casey White is said to be devastated over the death of his prison guard lover Vicky White
The two were found 219 miles away from the jail they left in Alabama on April 29. The manhunt spanned three states
The escaped prisoner, standing 6ft 9 tall, towers over the Indiana officers who captured him after running the couple’s car into a ditch
‘I was praying to God when she was in hospital that she would make it. It’s just a tragedy for all of us in Lauderdale County. We are just stunned.
‘I know the police officers, the sheriff and everybody are a little mad at her, but they have to understand that was not Vicky.
‘He had a hold on her and he had gotten to her bad.’
A clearly emotional Shores added, ‘She was a wonderful person and I know that she is in heaven looking down on us right now.’
Casey White is also said to be devastated over the death of his prison guard lover Vicky and even referred to her as his wife to his mother.
Timeline of Vicky White and Casey White’s escape
April 18: Jail guard Vicky White sells her Lexington, Alabama, home. Public records revealed she sold the property for $95,550, which was below market value. She started living with her mother after the sale.
April 28: Vicky submits retirement paperwork to officials at Lauderdale County Jail. According to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, she had been discussing her retirement for many months and ‘talked about going to the beach’.
Pre-prison break: In the week ahead of the escape (specific dates unknown) Vicky purchases men’s clothing at a Kohl’s store and visits a sex shop. It is unclear if she bought anything at the adult toy store.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly claims she also withdrew $90,000 in cash out of a series of bank accounts.
April 29 at 5.21am: Vicky checks out of a Quality Inn in Florence, Alabama.
8.47am: Transport Van 5 leaves the Lauderdale County jail with seven inmates escorted by two deputies
8.56am: Transport Van 2 leaves the jail with five inmates also escorted by two deputies
9.20am: Assistant Director Vicky White tells a deputy to prepare inmate Casey White for transport to courthouse. Deputy removes White from his cell, takes him to booking and handcuffs him and shackles his legs.
9.41am: Vicky leaves detention center with Casey and they head to the courthouse for a ‘mental health evaluation’. She tells the booking officer that she is the only deputy available who is firearm-certified and that she’s dropping him off to other deputies at the courthouse. Vicky says she’s then going to Med Plus for a personal appointment.
9.49am: Surveillance video shows Vicky’s police cruiser parked at the nearby Florence Square shopping center parking lot eight minutes after leaving the jail. ‘There was not enough time for them to even attempt to try to come to the courthouse,’ Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
11.34am: A Florence Police Department officer spots her cruiser.
3.30pm: Booking officer reports to administration that they’ve been trying to contact Vicky to check on her, and that her phone is going directly to voice mail. The officer also says that Casey was not returned to the detention center with other inmates.
Approximately 11pm: College Grove, Tennessee, resident Jackie Adams finds Vicky’s SUV – with tinted windows and no tags – abandoned by her home. She reports the vehicle to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, which has it towed.
May 1: US Marshals offer a $10,000 bounty – later increased to $25,000 – for Casey
May 3: US Marshals issue a warrant for Vicky, charging her with permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree in connection with capital murder
May 6: Tennessee cops discover the impounded SUV belonged to Vicky, spurring a force of US Marshals, Williamson County Sheriff’s Officers, and SWAT members to circle back to Adams’s property.
Drones and helicopters descended on Adams’s home – where they remained for hours and into the evening.
2.15pm: The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office tweets ‘there is NO sign the two are still in our area.’
May 7: Connolly reveals investigators’ theory that Vicky is rolling Casey, dressed as a woman, around in a wheelchair. Officials also suspect Vicky might be disguising herself as an elderly woman with a grey wig.
May 9: US Marshals search for the couple in Evansville, Indiana, after authorities locate a vehicle that had been reported stolen in the area of Tennessee where Vicky’s SUV was abandoned.
The couple is then caught after a brief car chase in Evansville. Casey White surrenders. Vicky White is taken to the hospital where she dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Source: WAAY-TV, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, NewsNation, TODAY and DailyMail.com