Mother of slain boys struggling to cope ahead of funeral

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KPLR) – Elisa Cadenbach says her boys loved to fish, feed ducks, race each other, and ride their scooters. But a horrific act took 5-year-old Ethan and 4-year-old Owen from her.

Elisa’s husband, Christopher, shot and killed their boys before turning the gun on himself.

“I just want to get through tomorrow. I want to get through the funeral. I want to get through burying my children. That’s something you should never have to do,” she said.

Elisa said she and Christopher had problems and she’d asked for a divorce. On the morning of November 5, she said Christopher attacked her.

Elisa called police to report the attack and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Meanwhile, Christopher had gone to his mother’s house, where the boys had spent the night.

“One of the reasons I wanted them there is because I thought they would be safe there,” Elisa said.

Christopher took the boys and his mom to the park, but his mom soon realized something was very wrong.

Elisa said Christopher pushed his mother from the car and took off with the boys. She was at the police station when she heard the devastating news that he had taken them to the park and shot them before taking his own life.

Police tried to save the boys, but there was nothing they could do. Elisa said her boys loved superheroes, so Ethan will be buried in a Captain America costume and Owen will buried in a Batman costume.

The funeral for Ethan and Owen Cadenbach will be Saturday, November 12 at St. George Catholic Church in Affton at 10 a.m., with the burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

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