CLEVELAND -- Jacob Stockdale remains in critical condition at Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, and family members are optimistic for his recovery, according to a news release issued Monday night.
In addition, Jacob will be undergoing several procedures and surgeries in the coming days, the release states.
Last week, award-winning fiddler Jacob Stockdale shot and killed his mother Kathryn Stockdale, 54, and his brother, James Stockdale, 21, before shooting himself, according to the Stark County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 hang-up call Thursday afternoon from the Stockdale's Dolphin Street SW farm in Bethlehem Township, and as they approached the home heard a gunshot. Deputies found Jacob Stockdale on the floor in the doorway of the home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Calvin Stockdale, the family's eldest son, said Monday he's uncertain why Jacob took the lives of his mother and youngest brother.
"... I speak for our family when I say we love him and forgive him. The prayers and support for my family have been deeply appreciated, and we ask for continued prayers for Jacob's healing ..." Calvin Stockdale said in the release.
Memorial service planned
A public memorial service for Kathryn and James Stockdale is slated for 1 p.m. today June 24, at NewPointe Community Church, 3950 State Route 39, Dover. The service will be followed by a receiving line with the Stockdale family, according to the release.
The Stockdales are members of Zion Reformed Church in Winesburg, which has established a memorial fund to help pay for funeral costs and Jacob Stockdale's medical expenses.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by the church at www.gofundme.com/stockdalefamilyband. As of 9 p.m. Monday, June 19, the site had donations totaling $14,210.
Jacob and James were members of the popular Stockdale Family Band that included their father, Timothy, and throughout the years their older brothers.
The family is known for their wholesome lifestyle and bluegrass music. They raise farm animals for food on their property, and as a band have played at many venues across the area, including the Stark County Fair, churches, festivals and other locations. The Stockdale Family Band was the house band at the Amish Country Theater in Walnut Creek.
Jacob Stockdale started fiddling at a young age and perfected his skill taking home many accolades, including Ohio Grand Fiddle Champion in 2012.
The youngest Stockdale, James, was taking business management classes at Kent State University Stark and Tuscarawas campuses, hoping to pursue the business side of the entertainment world.
The family was featured on the ABC reality TV show "Wife Swap" in 2008, which takes two families with very different lifestyles and sends each wife to live with the other family. Kathryn Stockdale swapped homes with Illinois mom, Laurie, whose rules at home were much more lenient than the Stockdale family was accustomed to.
Kathryn Stockdale was manager of the family band and, according to a statement from her husband after her death, loved being a mother and grandmother.