Family of El Paso County murder victim hoping to raise money for a memorial service

Photo of Shania Lynn Lenard
Photo of Shania Lynn Lenard(Crystal Lenard)
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 5:27 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 7:01 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Shania Lynn Lenard passed away at 21 years old on June 11 after allegedly being shot in the head by her older brother Christopher Lenard. Christopher Lenard is facing multiple charges including first-degree murder. The violent crime was carried out along Chaps View in El Paso County.

On Wednesday, 11 News obtained the arrest affidavit for the case, which revealed that it all started when a woman called 911 saying the suspect was not allowing her to retrieve her property from the suspect’s home. Less than 15 minutes later, someone else called 911 saying that Lenard had set the house on fire and was chasing them down the road. According to the arrest papers, the suspect then crashed into their car, and Shania was shot and killed.

The arrest papers add that other witnesses heard the crash and came out to see what was going on when a man pointed a gun at them. They then returned into the home and later found Shania dead outside.

We’ve been in contact with Shania’s sister Crystal Lenard, and we’ve received the following statement on her and Shania’s brother Justin’s behalf:

“Justin and I just want everyone to know that Shania motivated us in so many ways to want better for ourselves and to do better. She has such a beautiful, caring heart, she had a passion for music and loved all animals. If there was a chance for Shania to be at the lake fishing, she would be there before anything else.”

The family has also started a GoFundMe for Shania’s memorial services which can be found here.

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