A Denver suburb is reeling after a woman and her two young sons were discovered Wednesday, dead from gun shot wounds in their family minivan. Inside the van was the Glock 9mm that the mother, 36-year-old Jennifer Laber, had purchased Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. Exactly an hour later she would remove one of her sons from school early, never to return home. Her son Ethan was 5, the younger brother Adam, just 3.
Ryan Laber, Jennifer’s husband and the boy’s father, filed a missing persons report Tuesday night after coming home from work and being unable to locate his family. Photos of the three and a missing-persons bulletin was distributed to local law enforcement. However, an Amber Alert was never issued. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Steve Johnson said, “At the time we were notified, there was no indication that it would come to this horrific ending. There were no red flags.”
A passer-by reported seeing the minivan in the parking lot of a shopping area early Wednesday morning. Inside were Laber and her boys, each dead from a single gunshot wound. Though police have yet to rule their deaths a murder-suicide, all signs point that way. Neighbors of the Labers say depression may have played a role. Ryan Laber is cooperating with authorities and according to friends is doing the best he can under the circumstances.
Photo: Douglas County Sheriff's Office