'Now it's time to heal' Hallidays looking to move forward after haunting memories of home invasion

By WEEK Reporter

November 27, 2013 Updated Nov 27, 2013 at 11:47 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Hallidays are thankful for the swift action of police in the home invasion case. After their Peoria home Weaver Ridge was ransacked by thieves in September, the memories still haunt them.

"I'm still struggling because I remember what we went through," said home invasion victim Mari Halliday.

Ron 'Doc' Halliday and Mari Halliday are survivors of Peoria's recent string of home invasions.

"I had a gun to my head, they said, 'Don't move don't talk. Roll over or I'll kill you,'" said Mari.

"My hands were tied behind me, then my feet. Then they tied my hands to my feet, put a pillow outside my head," said Doc. "Then they ransacked the house and took everything they could find."

They are now trying to heal. It hasn't been easy.

"It's been hard going into our bedroom where it happened," said Mari. "In fact we're moving our bed around to give it a different look because it's hard to go to sleep. We still sleep with our lights on."

"The whole neighborhood was stressed," said Doc. "Many people would stop us and tell us that they're scared too."

After hearing about the progress police had made on the case, that fear slowly turned into hope.

"The detectives didn't even take days off. They were exhausted. I could hear in their voices that they couldn't go on, but they were still working so hard for us," said Mari. "We're truly grateful."

"They worked to exhaustion to bring just, and it's finally happening," said Doc.

Police have charged three suspects: Perry Rosetto, Blair Johnson and Stefan Crayton. Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard said that justice will be served.

"They are looking at the end of freedom," said Chief Settingsgaard. "It's a big deal. I hope they're suffering with it because they put these people through hell."

The Hallidays said they can rest better.

"It was hard for me to heal at all, but now I feel like it's time to heal," said Mari.

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