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Authorities confirm Oregon father killed wife, kids

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

SALEM, Ore. – Authorities have finished their seven-month investigation into the deaths of five members of an Oregon family, confirming initial findings that a man killed his wife and children before fatally shooting himself in the head.

The five members of the Kroeker family were found dead Jan. 4 in a burned home near the western Oregon town of Hubbard.

Marion County deputy district attorneys Brendan Murphy and Melodie Dickey said Friday that 43-year-old Keith Kroeker was solely responsible for the deaths.

Autopsies of the severely burned victims showed wife Erin Kroeker died of blunt-force trauma to the head and the children – two 10-year-old boys and a 7-year-old girl – were shot to death. All were in their bed clothes.

The prosecutors say the fires were intentionally set, with ignition points in the home, a barn and a detached garage.



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