Mother, children allegedly killed at hands of father in apparent murder-suicide in Monument area; GoFundMe set up to support surviving family members
EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - An act of family violence has left six children orphaned, taking the lives of both parents and two siblings in one horrific episode over the weekend.
The bodies of four members of the Kreb family were found by law enforcement Saturday while responding to an urgent 911 call.
“Our dispatch center received a call ... that there was an individual at a home in the 1300 block of Pleier Drive who is seriously injured and needed help,” said Sgt. Jason Garrett with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
The call for help was made by a young boy in the home, who told dispatchers one of his siblings wasn’t moving. Law enforcement and first responders swarmed the home and found four people dead inside.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is now calling it an “apparent” murder-suicide.
Monday, the sheriff’s office identified the deceased as 50-year-old Yvette Siegert-Kreb, 13-year-old Felicity Kreb, 9-year-old Barrett Kreb, and 55-year-old Christof Kreb. Investigators believe Christof Kreb killed his wife and the two children, then killed himself.
A family representative says the six surviving Kreb children are “holding up,” and relatives are in town taking care of them.
Yvette and Christof were both Army veterans; she was a NICU nurse for the Army and he was an Airborne Ranger. They had eight children in all, three biological and five adopted. The family rep tells 11 News Yvette’s life passion was helping kids, particularly young people with dwarfism.
Some of the surviving children attend Discovery Canyon School, which has been “awesome” and “supportive” in the aftermath of the tragedy, the family representative said. District 20 is offering counseling and other resources to students, it said in a statement Monday:
“The news of an “apparent murder suicide” within our community is heartbreaking. Although we are in contact with local authorities, it is early in their investigation, and we do not have confirmed specifics. But we will be providing supports for our students. Starting [Tuesday] morning, we will have counseling for students who are in need. Support is provided by school mental health professionals and trained Academy District 20 crisis counselors. If a student is in crisis and needs immediate support, please contact your nearest emergency room, behavioral health center or 911. Moments like these are hard to process and leave us with more questions than answers. We must therefore come together and provide each other support during this difficult time.”
One of the elder children is a cadet at the Air Force Academy.
“We are providing every available resource to ensure the cadet affected in this tragedy has all the support needed. The cadet’s squadron commander has taken the lead in these efforts and has the support of the entire U.S. Air Force Academy,” a spokesperson for the AFA told 11 News.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the remaining Kreb children. 11 News has verified that all proceeds raised will go to the family. Click here if you wish to donate.
Neighbors are reeling from the violence they say is almost unheard of in the quiet community.
“Sun Hills is that quiet, quaint, secluded neighborhood ... anybody and everybody would love to have a house out here,” said one man who lives nearby.
“It’s disturbing,” he went on. “You want to know the back story more. You want to know if it’s something that is from outside the neighborhood coming in here or whether it was something internally festering at the home.”
People living within a 2-mile radius around the home were under a shelter-in-place order for hours Saturday while investigators from multiple agencies assessed the scene. At one point, neighbors heard law enforcement shouting over a megaphone for someone to come out of the house, but that eventually stopped. 11 News spotted deputies searching the home and property Saturday, including a barn on site.
The sheriff’s office, Monument and Palmer Lake police departments and members of the Tri Lakes Fire Department and AMR, all responded to the scene, along with a SWAT team.
“Based on some other evidence and some things that [deputies] were observing, [the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office] Tactical Support Unit was requested,” Garrett said during an interview Saturday, declining to elaborate further.
The cause and manner of death are expected to be released by the county coroner in the coming days. The bigger question, however, may remain unanswered longer: why did this terrible event happen?
Anyone with knowledge that can help in the case is encouraged to call EPSO’s tip line at 719-520-6666.
While the specifics of the incident are still under investigation, below are two resources for anyone in the community in an unsafe situation at home or dealing with suicidal thoughts:
TESSA, which assists victims of domestic violence, can be reached 24 hours on its safe line: 719-633-3819.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is also available 24/7: 800-273-8255.
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