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Priest: Family wants justice in killing of mother, daughters

PINEHURST, N. C. – Shanann Watts will be remembered as a “woman of love” and her two young, and two daughters as being filled with life and joy, a priest said on Saturday during a funeral ceremony for the slain Colorado family found at an oil-work-site.

The hour long service in Pinehurst, North Carolina, included no reference to the 33-year-old Christopher Watts, the husband and father charged in the murders.

Police say he killed his 34-year-old pregnant wife and their daughters, four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste, in the family’s suburban Denver home, then dumped their bodies on his former employer.

During the funeral in a Catholic church, Father John Forbes comments read out loud, Shanann Watts’ father, mother and brother.

Watt is from North Carolina; the couple moved to Colorado shortly after she got married, about six years ago.

“You are nothing else than pure love, always caring for everyone,” her father, Frank Rzucek, wrote. “You will always be daddy’s little girl.”

Forbes said the victim’s mother, Sandra Onorati Rzucek, described Shanann as a “fireball” and asked God to “all our love” to her daughter and grandchildren.

“Mom, Nonna, loves you with all her soul,” she wrote.

Forbes said Shanann Watts’ family would like to see good come of the tragedy, including a law to recognize it in the lives of unborn children, such as their grandson.

“She does not want revenge and death, but the righteousness and the life,” Forbes said.

Family members have said Shanann Watts was pregnant with a boy they plan to name Nico.

Colorado is one of the 12 states without a law in large lines, making for manslaughter charges in the violent death of fetuses.

Prosecutors have charged Christopher Watts with murder and other charges, including the unlawful termination of a pregnancy, a misdemeanor.

A friend asked the police on Aug. 13 to check on Shanann Watts and her children after she could not reach them via sms or phone.

The police searched the house of the family in Frederick and found Shanann Watts’ wallet and phone still there.

Christopher Watts remains in a Colorado jail without bail and is still not in an argument. During interviews with tv stations before his arrest, he spoke about missing his family.

The prosecutors have said that the girls’ body had been submerged for days in a tank with a content of crude oils and their mother was buried in a shallow grave.

The authorities have said Christopher Watt, told the investigators that he killed his wife because she had strangled their daughters after he told her he wanted a divorce.

Prosecutors charged him with the deaths of all three members of the family.

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