Police said Sunday that four members of a Colorado Springs family were found dead inside their home in what appears to be a murder-suicide.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, little after 10 a.m. on Friday, El Paso County deputies arrived at a residence in the 1300 block of Pleier Drive in Gleneagle, after someone called asking for assistance. After arriving at the home, responding deputies found two adults and two children dead inside the residence.
“When deputies entered the residence, they found two juveniles and two adults deceased,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “The El Paso County Major Cime Unit detectives were called out to process the scene.”
The deceased have been identified as
- Christof Kreb, 55
- Yvette Siegert-Kreb, 50,
- Felicity Kreb, 13 (adopted from China)
- Barrett Kreb, 9 (adopted from Albania)
Police believe that Christof Kreb, a local gun shop owner at the Specialty Sports & Supply, killed the victims before killing himself. Nine children lived in the home, including five children who were adopted from China and one adopted from Albania.
Several of the children had dwarfism, The Gazette reports, including the couple’s biological 16-year-old child.
“She [Siegert-Kreb] wanted her [biological] son to feel like he had people like him in his life, so they specifically adopted children with dwarfism,” friend Alexa Gromko said. “I was so in awe of her devotion and dedication.”
Christof Kreb and his wife were U.S. Army veterans, according to another friend, Laura Muir Mellini, who’s acting as a representative for the family, Mercury News reports.
“She was a tireless advocate for mistreated and neglected children,” Mellini said of Siegert-Kreb.
The cause and manner of the deaths have not been released. The story continues to develop. Check back for updates.
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[Featured Photo: Felicity and Barrett Kreb/Facebook]