Sisters hope to honor explosion victims

Dion Longworth was killed in Saturday's explosion in his neighborhood.
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Family members of the couple killed in a south Indianapolis house explosion hope to honor their loved ones.

Dion Longworth's sisters miss their brother dearly. They are now talking about getting the horrible news Saturday night.

"Dion and Jennifer were not accounted for, but everybody else was," said Dion's sister, Emily Voss.

Like many neighbors in the area, Voss felt the explosion Saturday night.

"I was getting ready for bed and I felt my walls shake," she said.

But unlike anyone else, that boom happened near her brother's home.

"My son Tylor looked up a map and I said, 'There it is, next to my brother's house. We had to get out there. How are we going to get there? How are we going to find Dion?" Voss said.

Longworth, 34, and his wife Jennifer lived in the house next door to the one that exploded. When their family couldn't reach the couple by phone, find them at the emergency shelter or the hospital, they expected that frightening phone call.

"The coroner called us and we knew," Voss said.

"He had a huge heart. He loved everybody and everybody loved him," said Brookley Longworth, another sister.

Dion and Jennifer were married for 11 years and his sisters say the couple still acted like newlyweds.

"They were very close. They always laughed about things and both had a great sense of humor about things," Brookley Longworth said.

The family says an outpouring of support from central Indiana is helping during this difficult time.

"Dion just loved everybody and the nice comments are comforting to us," said Brookley Longworth.

Dion's sisters say down the road, when the investigation is wrapped up, they hope a house isn't built on the site of the explosion. Instead, they would like to see a community garden in that spot to honor their brother and sister-in-law.

Rick Santiago, the co-founder and CEO of Indy Audio Labs, where Dion worked, issued this statement Monday evening:

"The Indy Audio Labs family is deeply saddened by the loss of our employee and friend, John (Dion) Longworth and his wife, Jennifer. Dion was the director of product development and technology for Indy Audio Labs, an Indianapolis-based company in the consumer electronics industry. Throughout his more than 10-year career, Dion's creative and technical contributions directly impacted the development of several award-winning consumer electronics products in public use. He will be deeply missed by his co-workers at Indy Audio Labs and his industry colleagues and peers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his and Jennifer's family members, along with all those impacted by this terrible tragedy."