A horrible triple homicide Friday night left two elementary school boys and their mom dead in their house and the suspect, a family friend, sought by police. At the scene Saturday, where police had strung block-long crime tape, an impromptu memorial was set up by friends and neighbors.
At noon I made a photo of a woman placing a candle and also moved a photo of the CSI team entering the house. It was pouring rain and my day off, so I went home. Running errands late afternoon, I swung back to the crime scene to check in. Nobody but a bunch of TV media was there. As I chatted with them, I spotted this mom and daughter heading to the memorial with blue balloons. I realized then I had made the mistake of leaving my cameras in the car a half a block away. No worries, I whipped out my trusty iPhone 4s and snapped away. It was dusk and there was not a lot of light to make a cellphone picture with–or so I thought. The iPhone, with some noise in the file, looked pretty darn good. It turned out the daughter was a classmate of one of the murdered boys and I was able to point Spokesman-Review reporter Meghann Cuniff their way for an interview.
At a memorial for the Ader family near the home at 4411 N. Whitehouse where they were murdered Friday night, a woman who identified herself only as Lisa, and her 11-year-daughter only as Alyssa, stopped by to pay respects to the two boys, who attended Willard Elementary School with Alyssa. Alyssa said the 10-year-old, who was in the fifth grade, was an excellent student who withstood teasing because of his academic prowess. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review