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Mom, Two Sons Plunge From Parking Garage; Officials Unsure What Happened

October 19, 1995

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ First, two young sons plunged to their deaths from an eight-story parking garage at Purdue University. Seconds later, their mother followed.

Officials initially said it was a murder-suicide, but later said they were unsure what happened.

``It’s all pretty sketchy right now,″ Purdue spokesman Joseph Bennett said after Wednesday’s deaths.

Autopsies were set for today on the bodies of Kathy M. Kent, 44, and her sons Kyle, 8, and Sean, 11. The three were from Lafayette but had no connections to the university.

Mrs. Kent’s van was found on the top floor of the parking garage with its sliding door open and her purse inside. There was no suicide note in the van or anything that indicated what happened, Bennett said.

Friends said Mrs. Kent, an elementary school teacher’s aide, and her husband, Thomas, a delivery truck driver, did not appear to have problems.

``As long as I’ve known them, there’s been no trouble,″ said family friend Cheryl Suter. ``She was outgoing, never seemed in distress.″

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