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More Details Released On Grand Ridge Murder-Suicide

Posted by wlpo on July 18, 2011

“We may never understand”, that’s what La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton says about a Grand Ridge mom killing herself and her two young sons.

Templeton says Jennifer Shepard was receiving some mental treatment the past few years which could help explain Thursday’s incident.  Officials say Shepard barricaded the bedroom door with a large chest and started the fire in the kitchen.  Templeton says she stabbed her sons multiple times and cut herself across both arms.  A large kitchen knife was found next to Shepard.

Templeton says her husband Gary is devastated by what’s happened and has been cleared of any wrongdoing.  He was returning home from work with a co-worker when he phoned in the fire.

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