Gun store owner “killed his wife and two children, 13 and 9, in apparent murder-suicide”
A gun store owner and US Army veteran killed his wife and two of his adopted children with special needs last weekend before committing suicide in an affluent community near Colorado Springs, the authorities revealed.
Yvette Siegert-Kreb, 50, Felicity Kreb, 13, Barrett Kreb, 9, and Christof Kreb, 55, were found dead on Saturday at their home in the community of Gleneagle, the county sheriff’s office said on Monday. of El Paso in a press release.
Details on how they died will be released by the county coroner, the statement said. No potential motive was revealed on Tuesday afternoon, but a friend said the family struggled during the pandemic lockdown.
Alexa Gromko, a family friend since 2010, told The Gazette that Felicity and Barrett were among six children the couple adopted in China, mostly dwarfs, after their youngest biological son, now aged 15 years old or born with dwarfism.
Colorado authorities have identified the four family members at the center of a murder-suicide incident on Saturday as Christof Kreb and Yvette Siegert-Kreb (top row pictured) and two of their adopted children with special needs
Felicity Kreb, 13, Barrett Kreb, 9, both with dwarfism, were reportedly killed by their adoptive father on Saturday
A playhouse and trampoline are seen in the courtyard of the Kreb family’s home where four corpses were found on Saturday in an apparent murder-suicide
Flowers rest against the gate of a white picket fence around the Kreb’s house on Sunday
Felicity, known to those close to her as “FiFi,” had learning and social issues from dwarfism, and Barrett, one of the most recent adopted children, had recently undergone surgery, said Gromko.
‘She wanted her [biological] son to feel that he had people like him in his life, so they specifically adopted children with dwarfism, ”Gromko said of Siegert-Kreb. “I was so impressed with his dedication and dedication.”
Police were called at around 10 a.m. on Saturday to the large Kreb family property in the 1300 block of Pleier Drive after receiving a 911 call from a young boy.
The boy told dispatchers that one of his siblings was not moving.
When the police entered the house, they found both parents and two children dead.
The couple had three biological children and six adopted children, five of whom were from China (pictured above)
Felicity, 13 (bottom left) known to relatives as ‘FiFi’, had learning and social problems due to dwarfism
The couple have three biological children: Morgan (center), Tak (right) and Brahm (pictured in Christof’s arms)
The incident and Saturday’s call prompted a massive response from police.
A “reverse 911” or Everbridge was sent to families in the community within a 2 mile radius of the scene, telling them to stay inside and lock their doors and windows.
It is not known at this time where the other children of the Kreb were at the time of the murder-suicide.
Christof Kreb owned Specialty Sports and Supply, a gun store in Colorado Springs. His wife was a retired nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit and both spouses were veterans of the United States Army.
Siegert-Kreb wrote online last year that she was making masks during the pandemic and keeping her children safe at home, noting that most of them were more susceptible to the virus due to their dwarfism , which can alter the immune system.
Longtime family friend Wendy Hammack-Smith told KRDO that Yvette and Christof were loving parents but had struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, although she would not go into the details.
“Certainly, the isolation of COVID has affected this family as it has so many other families,” she said.
Several family members, including Siegert-Kreb and his older children, were involved in competitive sport shooting.
A toy dinosaur (pictured) is seen at the Colorado Springs home where two adults and two children were found dead over the weekend
Friends said Yvette, a retired neonatal intensive care nurse, began adopting children with dwarfism after the birth of her youngest biological son with the condition.
The couple’s biological daughter, Morgan Kreb, is a sophomore at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a star member of the school’s air rifle team that won a bronze medal at the Olympic Rifle Trials at compressed air from last year. She was reportedly absent from a shooting competition on Saturday when her parents and two siblings were found dead.
Morgan’s biological brother, Tristan ‘Tak’ Kreb, left for his graduate studies earlier this year. The two siblings are now back in Colorado Springs to help care for their surviving foster brothers.
“None of us could have imagined that this would have happened or predicted it,” Morgan said, adding through tears, “I will miss them very much and I will think of them daily.”
One of the couple’s adopted children is legally blind and another was born without legs.
Family friend Gromko paid tribute to Siegert-Kreb, describing her as a staunch and dedicated advocate for her children with special needs.
“She became their voice and didn’t stop fighting for their needs,” she wrote in a tribute on Facebook.