EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. – Four people, including two children, were found dead Saturday after an apparent murder-suicide at a home on the outskirts of Colorado Springs, Colorado, police confirmed.
Update 9:54 p.m. EDT Nov. 1: Authorities on Monday identified the victims found slain Sunday near Colorado Springs, Colorado, in a suspected murder-suicide believed to have been carried out by the family’s patriarch.
According to The Denver Post, 55-year-old Christof Kreb is believed to have killed his wife of 26 years, 50-year-old Yvette Siegert-Kreb, and two of their children, 13-year-old Felicity Kreb and 9-year-old Barrett Kreb, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Deborah Mynatt said in a prepared statement.
Investigators believe the slayings occurred Saturday, the Post reported.
Christof Kreb was part-owner of a Colorado Springs gun shop, and Yvette Siegert-Kreb was a retired neonatal intensive care unit nurse, the newspaper reported.
Alexa Gromko, who has known the Krebs since 2010, told The Denver Gazette that the loss is a “devastating” one for the community and that “the surviving family members are going to need lots of care, compassion and support.”
Gromko also told the newspaper that the Krebs had adopted numerous children, several of whom were from abroad, over the past decade.
Laura Muir Mellini, who is serving as a representative for the family, confirmed to the Post that Felicity Kreb was adopted from China, and her brother Barrett was adopted from Albania.
It was not immediately clear how many children the Krebs had, but a since-deleted newsletter feature spotlighting Yvette Siegert-Kreb in May 2020 stated that the family had eight children, five of whom were adopted, the newspaper reported.
Original report: A caller who stated that they were seriously injured on the scene and needed help alerted dispatchers with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to the situation, KRDO reported.
Law enforcement personnel from multiple jurisdictions responded and made the gruesome discovery in the Sun Hills neighborhood just after 10 a.m. Saturday, The Gazette in Colorado Springs reported.
The victims, all of whom were found inside the residence, included two adults and two juveniles, but their identities have not been released, pending positive identification by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office and notification of next of kin, the sheriff’s office confirmed to the Gazette on Sunday.
“We do not feel there is any known threat to the community currently, and the investigation is ongoing,” the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said in a prepared statement obtained by KRDO.
Neither the relationship of the victims to one another nor that of the caller to the victims was immediately available.