A friend reported the 34-year-old Shanann Watts, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste is missing on Aug. 13.
More than two weeks after their bodies were found near an oil site in Colorado, Shanann Watts and her two young daughters eventually were put down for the rest of the Saturday morning.
Family members of a pregnant Colorado mother, 34, and her two children, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, gathered to mourn at their funeral in Shanann’s home state of North Carolina.
Authorities say Watts told investigators he killed his pregnant wife after the discovery that she had strangled their daughters.
“Shanann was a woman of love, she loved God, she loved her family and she loved her friends,” the pastor at the funeral said, according to Fox 31. He also said of the two young girls who were filled with life and joy “and shared with the people they meet.”
The woman’s husband, 33-year-old Christopher Watts, was charged last month with the murders, despite the talk about missing his family in interviews with the television channels shortly before his arrest.
The authorities say that Christopher Watt killed his wife and two daughters and later dumped their bodies.
The authorities quickly discovered that Watts was actively involved in an extramarital relationship with a colleague, something he initially denied.
Watt eventually told the police that he killed his wife after discovering Shanann strangled the girls shortly after he had asked for a separation. He told the authorities that he buried Shanann the body in the vicinity of two oil tanks and dumped Bella and Celeste in the oil tanks.
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Watt was charged with nine felony counts, including three first-degree murder charges.
The Welding of the District Attorney’s Office also charged Watts with two counts of murdering a child, one count of the unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
He has not entered a plea to murder and other felony charges and is being held without bail.
Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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