Two dead, two wounded in brutal Warren County stabbing

WARREN COUNTY, MO (KPLR)- A Montgomery County man upset with his estranged wife is accused of killing two of her co-workers and then  critically injuring his wife and an eight year old boy.

The attack happened inside a trailer home on Humber Road south of Jonesburg, MO in nearby Warren County.

23-year old Shawn Kavanagh of Bellflower, MO called 9-1-1 Valentine`s night to report he had stabbed his wife and killed several other people.  Warren County Sheriff deputies responded and found Kavanagh covered in blood.  His wife, 27-year old  Jessie Kavanagh was airlifted to a hospital in Columbia, MO for treatment of multiple stab wounds.  

Deputies indicated an eight year old boy suffered multiple injuries.  He too was airlifted to a hospital.  An 18-month old female survived  unharmed.

Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrison issued a statement saying when deputies arrived at the scene, Kavanagh told them he had killed several people inside the trailer.

Two women were found dead from multiple puncture wounds and lacerations.  Relatives identified one victim as 22-year old Tara Fifer, a CNA employed at New Florence Care Center in New Florence.   Authorities have not released names of the other victims.  

Shawn Kavanagh had been charged with assaulting his wife in January.  A court order from Montgomery County told him to stay away from her, but on Friday he went to the rural trailer home looking for her.  He was told to leave and returned to his vehicle.  He then re-entered the home and attacked the occupants.  

Kavanagh is now charged with two counts of first degree murder, domestic assault, first degree assault, four counts of armed criminal action and burglary.  He is being held in the Warren County Jail withouot bond.

A relative of Jessie Kavanagh said she was in a drug induced coma following surgery.

Tara Fifer`s sister Haley Roberts is holding on to good memories.  “My sister loved to sing even though she was terrible at it;  she always had a smile on her face no matter what.  Nothing could bring her down,” Roberts said Saturday as she and other relatives choked back tears outside a family home in Jonesburg.

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