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Stone County sheriff: Murders near Lampe were stabbings, beatings

February 05, 2013|by Gene Hartley | ghartley@schurz.com

GALENA, Mo. -- Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said Tuesday morning that a couple who were killed at a home near Table Rock Lake last week were stabbed to death and beaten.  Two teenagers are charged for the murders of Brian and Susan Brooks.

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Edited news release:

On Jan. 31 at approximately 5:43 p.m., Stone County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to 1722 Trace Hollow Road, near Lampe, for a double homicide investigation.  Investigators from the Stone County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have been actively investigating these homicides.

Our investigation revealed the homicide of a husband and wife -- Brian Brooks, 70, and Susan Brooks, 69, who stayed at their son's lake home during the winter.  The couple lived in Michigan.

Two suspects, a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old juvenile were arrested and later turned over to the juveniles authorities.  A neighbor of the Brooke's held them at gunpoint until deputies arrived.  They are in the custody of Juvenile Department authorities, who plan to ask a judge to certify them as adults for trial, an option under state law for murders and other severe charges.

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On Feb. 1, 2012 an autopsy was conducted in Columbia.  Preliminary reports from the autopsy revealed the probable cause of death was stabbing.  Blunt trauma was also a factor in their death.
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Here is a letter from the Brooks family, who do not wish to speak to reporters.

It is with great sadness and profound sorrow that we acknowledge the death of our parents, Brian and Susan Brooks.  This was a senseless act of violence carried out upon a defenseless, loving couple.  Their lives were tragically cut short a few months before their 50th wedding anniversary.

Yet in this truly difficult time, we see evidence of God’s abundant grace and have many things to be thankful for.  We wish to thank the members of the Stone County Sheriff’s Office,  especially Sheriff Rader, for the kindness and compassion shown to our family.  We appreciate the professionalism and attention to detail of this department, that of Prosecutor Matt Selby, and Coroner Rick Stumpff, to ensure that the individuals that have committed these crimes are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

We wish to thank the heroes that choose to remain nameless, but to whom we will be forever indebted, for calling the authorities and apprehending the suspects.  We can never say thank you enough.

Last but not least, we wish to thank the tremendous outpouring of love and kindness by each of our communities scattered about the country.  Your expressions of kindness are too numerous to mention but confirm for us the importance of relationships and community.  We are humbled and blessed.

Sincerely,

The family of Brian and Susan Brooks

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