TODAY | February 02, 2013
>>> we begin this half-hour with the latest on that tense standoff in alabama. a man has been holding a 5-year-old hostage in his underground bunker since tuesday afternoon. we have more from gabe grut gutierrez. good morning.
>> reporter: good morning. mourners are preparing to remember the school bus driver who was shot and killed tuesday afternoon. this as the standoff drags on for more than 85 hours. police appear willing to wait this one out. as police towed the school bus from the crime scene friday, investigators released the first picture of the man they say is responsible. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. the man believed to be holding a boy hostage, than with asperger's syndrome, in the underground bunker .
>> he has supplies and food. this child is 5 years old. has he got food that whithis child will eat?
>> reporter: he served in the navy in the 1960s and won award including a meritorious unit commendation . a good conduct medal and a vietnam service medal . [ siren ]
>> reporter: on tuesday, those honors seemed very far away. police say dykes boarded a stopped school bus and demanded two random young children. when the bus driver refused, police a dykes shot and killed him and made off with 5-year-old ethan. kelly miller said her kids got off the butt right before the shooting.
>> -- off the bus right before the shooting.
>> i cannot believe he got on the bus with the intentions to grab a 6 to 8-year-old, all he had to do was grab him. he got him home before this happened.
>> reporter: a funeral for the bus driver is scheduled for today. his family says he loved his job and died a hero.
>> every time a child got on my dad's bus, he considered them his children. that's the reason why my dad took those shots for his children just like he would do for my and my sister.
>> reporter: that pain is being felt throughout this town of 2,300 people. schools were closed most of the week.
>> i think it's crazy that it's happening so close to home .
>> as soon as we pray, we already believe that prayer is going come true.
>> reporter: every night there are multiple prayer vigils here. of.
>> reporter: prayers for a young boy trapped in a bunker, prayers for the man who did everything he could to save him.
>> reporter: that bunker is believed to be equipped with electricity and a television. police have been talking with the suspect through a ventilation pipe and have been able to drop medicine and coloring books for the child. it's unclear how often they're communicating with him. erica?
>> gabe, thank you.