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Police Name Teenage Shooting Victims — Won’t Call It a Murder Suicide

Mike Morgan

Kennewick Police Information Officer Sgt. Ken Lattin clarified several facts this morning regarding Monday’s killing of two teenagers in Hansen Park.

The 16-year-old girl was Kaitlin Deborah Chavallo. She went by the surname Austin and was the stepdaughter of Andrew Austin who found their bodies Monday afternoon. Her brother, 12-year-old Ethan Andrew Austin, is Andrew Austin’s biological son.

He said the public has jumped to the conclusion it is a murder/suicide.

“It is too early to make that definitive conclusion. This is still being handled as a death investigation,” he said in a written statement to media.

“Investigators will again canvass the neighborhood looking for anyone who may have seen or heard something additional. Investigators will be reviewing social media websites for additional information along with any private surveillance in the neighborhood,” he added.

An autopsy on the bodies is scheduled for tomorrow.

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