Thursday marks a heartbreaking anniversary for a Wisconsin community. Two years ago, three little girls, 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia, were killed by their father in their River Falls home.
A Buffalo family is complete again. Sophie the yellow lab had been missing from her family since May. But with a little legwork and some police work, she’s back. For Christine Marroquin and her three kids, it’s been a rocky few months.
Jessica Schaffhausen is auctioning off 100 pieces of her late daughters’ artwork. The money will be used to build a playground in their memory. Amara, Sophie and Cecelia were just 11, 8 and 5 when they were murdered by their father, Aaron Schaffhausen, last summer. He is now serving life in prison.
The River Falls community is rallying behind Jessica Schaffhausen, who lost her three daughters, last year. Jessica’s turning the murders of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie, and 5-year-old Cecilia into a positive, trying to build a playground as a memorial.
Aaron Schaffhausen’s sentencing date for the murder of his three young girls is set for July 15. That is almost a year to the day that he murdered Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecelia, 5, at their River Falls, Wis., home.
Of the many, many stories I have covered in my career, the murders of the three Schaffhausen sisters is one that stands out for its horror, its sadness and its tragic scope of loss. I do not in any way mean to minimize any other stories I have reported on.
The River Falls community is balancing an annual celebration with the deaths of three young girls. Police say Aaron Schaffhausen killed his daughters Amara, Sophie, and Cecilia in their own home on Tuesday.
River Falls Days starts Thursday — an event that will be considerably subdued this year in the small community, after such tragedy.