A close-knit Oklahoma community is appearing unitedly in grief following a murder-suicide over the weekend concerning a young mother and her two daughters, who were only 5 and 6.
Police in Lawton, Oklahoma, verify Krystle Easley and her young children, Emma and Kristo, were shot to death on Saturday by Russell Cliburn, Krystle’s ex-boyfriend, and the girls’ father.
Cliburn turned the gun on himself after doing the three murders, taking his own life, according to investigators The exact reason has not been revealed.
Family members struggled through their pain to talk to KSWO regarding the victims.
Levi Easley, Krystle’s brother, told that relatives had shown concerns in the past about Russell, but “I never would have thought that this would have happened to them … at all.”
Krystle was a special education teacher who operated at Carriage Hills Elementary in Lawton.
Speaking to KSWO, the school’s principal, Lesa Sparks, said “Krystle was a wonderful person who never was negative. She brought joy to everybody. Her students, whether they were in her class or not in her class, she just touched their lives in a way that is irreplaceable.”
Sparks added: “Her being gone is just leaving an emptiness with all of us.”
Funerals for Krystle and her daughters will take place this weekend. All three will be buried together. The family has organized a GoFundMe campaign to assist defray some of their funeral expenses.