Memorial held for Minn. family killed in murder-suicide

Published 9:52 am Monday, September 21, 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE — Family and friends have gathered at a Twin Cities-area church to remember a family of five killed in an apparent murder-suicide earlier this month.

Police said 48-year-old Brian Short fatally shot his wife and three teenage children in their Greenwood home before turning the gun on himself. Officers found them Sept. 10 during a welfare check at their home.

A memorial service for the family was held Sunday at Grace Church in Eden Prairie. Short’s brother-in-law Leo Williams said family and friends know “this is not the man” Short was. Williams said Short had been absent from family events and boating excursions.

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Speakers also talked about the three children, including 17-year-old Cole’s practical joking, 15-year-old Madison’s love of reading and 14-year-old Brooklyn’s passion for soccer. The three attended Minnetonka High School.