Murder Victims’ Family Moves into New Home with Community Help

A community-driven effort to help a family that’s endured unspeakable tragedy.

This house is now their home.       

Shirley Webber and her four grandchildren started moving in yesterday.

Shirley is the mother of Tiffany Ferguson and wife of Jim Webber.

Last year Tiffany’s estranged husband Keith Ferguson killed her and her father Jim.

After nearly a seven hour standoff, police took Ferguson into custody.

He is serving a life sentence for their murders.

Shirley Webber and her four grandchildren have started moving into this house. It’s been under construction for months with help from the Kalkaska community.

“I think it made all of us anxious to get it done. The kids thought it was going to start and then it’d be done magically but it doesn’t happen that way. It’s been almost 8 months and it’s almost done,” said Webber

The house gives Shirley a place to raise her four grandchildren. Their mom, Tiffany Ferguson, and Shirley’s husband Jim Webber were killed last year. Shirley says the house is a new beginning

“It’s bittersweet. I never wanted a new house but I needed a new house so I’m glad the community stood behind me. A lot of people donated their time in helping me and helping us,” said Webber.

Each of the kids designed their rooms, putting their touch on the house. Volunteers spent countless hours helping builders finish the house and raising money to help offset the cost.

“I don’t think I realized how many people that my daughter and their mom and my husband and I touched, you know what I mean? We always used to say we knew everybody in the community because we worked in public places,” said Webber.   

Now this house will soon be filled with love, laughter and always, memories of Tiffany and Jim.

“It’s been a little over a year and I think that it’s amazing that in a little over a year we’ve went as far as we have. We’re hoping to start and make a whole lot of new memories,” said Webber.