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Authorities Say Father Killed Wife, Three Children and Himself

May 13, 1989

WATERLOO, Ind. (AP) _ A man shot his wife and two sons to death in their beds and then spent several days locked in the house with his 9-year-old daughter before turning a handgun on her and himself, authorities said.

David M. Fager, 34, apparently was distraught over being unemployed several months, state police Sgt. Dallard Tackett said Friday.

Relatives and police broke into the house and found the bodies Thursday after school authorities reported not seeing the children since May 3.

The bodies of Fager, his wife, Roxane, 31; and their children, Bruce Allan, 16; Michael Edward, 11; and Melissa Lynn, 9; were found in bed in the family’s one-story home.

All five had been shot in the head, Dekalb County Coroner William Hathaway said.

Autopsies showed Fager and his daughter died within 24 hours of the discovery of the bodies, he said. Mrs. Fager and the two sons had been dead three or four days.

A handgun was found near Fager’s body, police said. There were no signs of forced entry or struggle, and Hathaway said there was no evidence of molestation.

Mrs. Fager’s mother, Jeannette Waymire of Peru, Ind., said the couple moved to Waterloo from Peru about four years ago.

″We didn’t have any inkling that this would occur,″ Mrs. Waymire said.

She said the family was living on an inheritance from Fager’s father and her son-in-law was attending Indiana Vocational-Technical College in Fort Wayne. She said he had been employed at MCI Communications.

A spokesman at MCI’s Chicago office said Fager worked as a field engineer in Fort Wayne for almost two years until Feb. 28, 1987, when he quit.

Mrs. Waymire said she and her husband, Walter, went to the Fagers’ home Thursday. When they could not get inside, her husband took a shovel from the garage and smashed a bedroom window, parted the curtains and saw the bodies. Moments later, police arrived and broke down a door leading from the garage.

″They were the best, most beautiful family that ever lived,″ Mrs. Waymire said. ″It will be tough to go through this Mother’s Day.″

A memorial service is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home in Peru.

Another memorial service will be conducted Monday in Waterloo, said DeKalb School Superintendent James Watson. Counselors and teachers, and other professionals if necessary, will be available to talk with students at schools the Fager children attended.

Virginia Moore, the family’s next-door neighbor, said she used to talk over the fence with Mrs. Fager.

″They were both very devoted to their kids,″ Ms. Moore said.

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