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Teen Remains Jailed as Four Family Members Are Buried

May 30, 1994

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) _ More than 400 people gathered for the funeral of a Kentucky couple and their two daughters. The couple’s 17-year-old son did not attend: He remained in jail, charged with the murders.

Four gray hearses carried the bodies of Walter Shrout, 43, his wife, Rebecca Shrout, 44, and their daughters, 14-year-old Kristen and 12-year-old Lauren to a rural cemetery more than 100 miles from this Cincinnati suburb for burial.

The Rev. John Murphy, who presided over Sunday’s funeral, said relatives had asked that Clay Shrout be allowed to attend, but a judge denied the request.

Police say the teen-ager, who pleaded innocent to four counts of murder Friday, shot his parents and sisters to death before dawn Thursday.

Friends say he had been unhappy because his parents grounded him as punishment for taking a stun gun to school.

Cori Munro, 14, who was Kristen’s science lab partner, carried a single flower into the funeral. She left with her mother’s arms around her.

″It just makes you so grateful for your own,″ Vicki Munro said.

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