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Published November 20, 2012, 09:03 PM

New Town Family Had Local Ties

The three children who were shot and killed along with their grandmother in New Town, North Dakota had just moved there a little over a month ago from Minto. Their former classmates and teachers in Minto are still grieving.

The three children who were shot and killed along with their grandmother in New Town, North Dakota had just moved there a little over a month ago from Minto. Their former classmates and teachers in Minto are still grieving.

Minto schools brought in three counselors from Grafton and a crisis management professional. Minto Schools' Superintendent Linda Lutovsky says nearly everyone in the town knew the family. 64-year-old Martha Johnson and three of her grandchildren, Benjamin, Julia, and Luke Schuster, were shot and killed. A fourth grandchild was in the home but wasn't hurt and called 911. Johnson's husband Harley and another grandchild weren't home at the time. Martha and Harley Johnson were raising the five kids.

21-year-old Kalcie Eagle is identified as a "person of interest" in the case. He stabbed and killed himself in front of a deputy and a highway patrolman. Authorities say they're still trying to determine what role he had in the shooting deaths of four family members.

The FBI is leading the investigation. As of tonight, Tuesday, they have not confirmed whether or not Eagle was the chief suspect, or if there are other suspects in the case but authorities don't believe the public is in danger.

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