Woman slain with 2 children, mother was recently widowed

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Relatives say a suburban St. Louis woman began dating the man charged with killing her, along with her two children and mother, after her husband died of cancer.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 46-year-old Richard Darren Emery of St. Charles, Missouri, is facing 15 charges , including first-degree murder, in the deaths of 39-year-old Kate Kasten, 8-year-old Zoe Kasten, 10-year-old Jonathan Kasten and 61-year-old Jane Moeckel. Emery was captured Friday after exchanging gunfire with officers.

Kate Kasten’s husband, Kory Kasten, died in April 2017 after a six-year battle with cancer.

Kate Kasten’s father, Frederick Moeckel, says what happened is “beyond belief.” He says his grandchildren “loved” Emery. His ex-wife, Jane Moeckel, had been staying with her daughter because she was recovering from hip surgery.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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