Saja Hindi Fort Collins Coloradoan Published 2:05 p.m. UTC Sep 2, 2018 Family members want to see good come from the tragic deaths of Shanann Watts and her two daughters and unborn son, Father John Forbes said at their funeral Saturday. Shanann's husband, Christopher Watts, is accused of killing her and their two children, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, in the family's suburban-Denver home last month. Forbes led the traditional Catholic funeral mass for Shanann Watts, 34, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Forbes said Shanann's mother described her daughter as a "fireball" who worked hard to be an exceptional wife and mother and make a difference in people's lives, and her daughters as bringing light to those around them, especially their grandparents and uncle. In a letter read by Forbes at the funeral, Shanann's mother, Sandra Onorati Rzucek, wrote to her daughter and grandchildren that "Mom, Nonna, loves you with … [Read more...] about Family mourns slain Colorado mom Shanann Watts and 2 daughters, ‘want to see justice done’
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KUSA-TV, Denver Published 11:39 p.m. UTC Aug 18, 2018 DENVER – The body of a Colorado woman whose husband is suspected of killing her and their two young daughters, was found in a shallow grave, according to court documents obtained Saturday by KUSA-TV. An earlier court filing suggested the two children may have been strangled and asserted that their bodies had been found in oil holding tanks. The disclosure that the body of Shanann Watts, 34, of Frederick had been buried in a shallow grave came in a court filing by Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke in response to earlier motions by attorneys for Watts’ husband, Chris. More: Court documents: Colorado children found in oil well, may have been strangled More: Bodies of missing mom, 2 daughters found in Colorado; father arrested “The body of Defendant’s wife was located earlier this morning after being recovered from a shallow grave near an oil tank,” prosecutor’s wrote in the motion, … [Read more...] about Colorado mom’s body was in shallow grave near where daughters were found, court records say
FREDERICK, Colo. – After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them. He longed for the simple things, he said, like telling his girls to eat their dinner and gazing at them as they curled up to watch cartoons. "Last night, I had every light in the house on. I was hoping that I would just get ran over by the kids running in the door, just barrel-rushing me, but it didn't happen," he told Denver TV station KMGH. On Thursday, Watts was in jail after being arrested on suspicion of killing his family, probably before he spoke those words. Authorities did not offer a motive. The body of 34-year-old Shanann Watts was found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of the state's largest oil and gas drillers, where Christopher Watts worked, police said. Investigators found what they believe are the bodies of 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste nearby on Thursday afternoon. "As … [Read more...] about Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado
A Turkish-origin police officer who was shot in the head by an Iraqi immigrant in the U.S. state of Colorado on Thursday remains in critical condition. Officer Cem Düzel of Colorado Springs was responding to a call in the early morning hours when a man pulled out a gun and began shooting at him, authorities said. Düzel, 30, was shot in the head and remains in an area hospital. Health officials said he has shown movement on both sides of his body, a hopeful sign, local media reported. Hundreds of community members attended a prayer vigil on Friday night to support Düzel. The community is also collecting donations to help his family with medical expenses. The attacker was a 31-year-old Iraqi immigrant Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi, which court records show has a recent criminal history in the U.S. Al Khammasi was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. He was first charged with drunk driving in 2013. After a month later, Khammasi added another charge of criminal … [Read more...] about Turkish-American police officer critically wounded in Colorado shootout
Produced by Ruth Chenetz and Lindsey Schwartz [This story previously aired on June 24, 2017] Rocky Mountain National Park is a place known for its soaring beauty, majestic wildlife and inspiring serenity, but in September of 2012, it was a site of heartbreak. The story of how love might have gone murderously wrong begins with a joyful time. Dr. Toni Bertolet, a sophisticated Southern belle, met Harold Henthorn in 1999. Toni's brother, Barry, was pleased his 37-year-old sister had found the kind of man she was looking for. "I was extraordinarily happy for my sister. ...It appeared that she found her true love. And if she was happy, I was happy," Barry Bertolet told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. "She experimented with Christian Matchmakers. ...And she met this guy named Harold Henthorn. ... Her comments were that he was very kind, he was very romantic, he was very smart." Both had lost their first spouse under dramatically different circumstances. Toni's marriage had … [Read more...] about Is a Colorado man unlucky — or a killer?