Bank account set up to help orphaned children, Police Chief says

A bank fund has been set up for the nine siblings orphaned last week in an act of domestic violence.

“The 9 Children’s Fund” was opened for the Varis children, ages 5 to 19, who lost their mother and father Friday night, Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow announced Tuesday.

Those who wish to contribute can deposit funds at St. Landry Bank under account number 10082022.

Police said Kerry J. Varis, 36, was despondent over his wife’s plan to divorce him. The couple and some of their children were at a July 4 gathering with extended family when Varis used a .38-caliber handgun to shoot Nancy Varis before he killed himself. Nancy Faris died later at a hospital.