Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Who Killed Who?

Kimberly Vaughn was found shot to death last week in the family's SUV in rural Will County along with her kids: Abigayle, 12; Cassandra, 11, and Blake, 8. Kimberly's husband, 32-year-old Christopher Vaughn, was wounded in the leg during the shootings, which he told police were committed by his 34-year-old wife -- though investigators have said little publicly about the deaths.

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Take the awful case last week that left an Oswego mother and her three children dead on the side of the highway in their SUV and her husband the prime suspect... Christopher Vaughn implicated his wife... The May 8 episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has TV cops trying to determine why a mom shot her kids to death in their home, wounded her husband, then shot herself. The NBC show takes a dramatic twist and ends with the husband being arrested for the murders of his wife and children.

Police investigating the deaths of the Vaughns have reportedly viewed the episode. The Vaughn children died of multiple gunshot wounds. Kimberly Vaughn died after being shot once in the head -- with the gun apparently fired under her chin.

Illinois State Police were at the home of the Vaughn family Wednesday afternoon, as an investigation into the shooting deaths of Kim Vaughn and her three children continued.

Neighbors said investigators were at the home in the 700 block of Mansfield Court for more than an hour, starting at about 3 p.m., and removed what looked like several computers and computer parts.

Growing up in St. Charles

Kimberly and Christopher Vaughn met at a miniature golf course in St. Charles, according to her mother, Susan Phillips.

Kimberly Vaughn graduated from St. Charles West High School in 1991, and Christopher Vaughn graduated from Francis Howell High a couple of years later. They married a year after they met, lived in St. Peters and had three children.

Christopher got a job in Washington state in the computer field, and about four years later, they settled in a 3,500-square-foot home in Oswego, a small town near suburban Chicago.

Dolores Lopez, one of their neighbors in Oswego, says she saw Kimberly walk her eldest daughter to the school bus every morning and wait with her.

"I would think to myself, 'Wow, what a great mom,'" Lopez said.

The two jobs Kimberly had worked since having children allowed her to keep a protective eye on them at the same time, her mother said. She worked at the subdivision clubhouse near the pool and at their school as a substitute paraprofessional.

She had just earned a degree in criminal justice from an online university with a 3.8 grade-point average and wanted to work with juvenile offenders, her mother said. She was the type of person who would rake an elderly neighbor's leaves and had a bubbly, outgoing personality.

"She abhorred guns," Phillips added, saying her daughter wouldn't even let her children play with water guns. "She was a loving, compassionate person."

Go to Open Thread Tuesday: The Vaughn Family
and I just want to tell you folks that anytime you're looking for posts or new information on any crime dominating the news, Steve Huff is the man, and Steve, I'd like to welcome you to Blogspot... it's not as shabby as you may have been led to believe! I've seen many incredibly done Blogspot blogs...

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