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'We Lost So Much In The Blink Of An Eye,' Says Brother Of Slain Shanann Watts

"Our whole world was flipped on its head and changed our lives forever,” Frankie Rzucek wrote in an emotional Facebook post. 

By JB Nicholas

Shanann Watt's’ younger brother spoke out on social media about the alleged triple murder that claimed the lives of his sister and two young nieces.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever dreamt such a horrific nightmare and just plain heartbreaking tragedy would ever happen to my regular ol happy family. Our whole world was flipped on its head and changed our lives forever, ” Frankie Rzuceks said in a Facebook message posted Friday.

While “we lost so much in a blink of an eye,” Rzucek continued, “we also gained love and support from people all over and they became part of our FAMILY. I've never felt so loved in all my life, we can't thank you all enough.”

It was an “an indescribable feeling,” Rzucek said, “when people all over the globe reach out just to send their condolences or be a listening ear.”

Chris Watts was charged in August with murdering Shanann, 34, and their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, as previously reported by Oxygen.com. Watts admitted strangling Shannan, but claimed it was in response to her killing of the children, according to the warrant for his arrest, obtained by Oxygen.com.

Watts was having an affair with a co-worker, police said, and after he asked for a separation he claimed she strangled the children. In response, Watts told police, he “went into a rage and ultimately strangled Shanann to death,” the warrant says. She was pregnant at the time.

After killing Shanann, Watts put the three bodies in his truck and drove to a work site owned by his employer, Anadarko Petroleum, where Watts worked as an operator. There, he dumped the bodies of his children into a crude oil holding tank and buried his wife’s corpse nearby, according to the warrant.

In addition to three first-degree murder charges, Watts, 33, also faces one count of first-degree unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body, according to the warrant.

In his Friday Facebook post, Rzucek did not mention Chris Watts, but in an August post Rzucek -- who posts regularly about the case on social media -- called him an “evil man” who “stole my whole world”

There was a candlelight vigil for Shanann and the children in their hometown of Clifton, New Jersey over the weekend, Rzucek said. “Thank you everyone and thank you Clifton NJ. We love you all. We feel proud and loved. Xo.”

[Photo: Chris and Shanann Watts. Source: Facebook]

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