|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1992|
|Death: ||Dec. 10, 2011|
ERIN ELIZABETH JEHL, 19, of Fort Wayne, was taken from us on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. She was a 2010 graduate of Northrop High School; and was continuing her education in computer programming. "Erin was a sweet and loving person. She tried to bring happiness and love to everyone." Surviving are her mother, Lynn (Jose) Schneider-Hart of Fort Wayne; brother, Luke (Mallory) Jehl of Fort Wayne; grandmother, Joan Jehl of Fort Wayne; grandparents, Frank and Erma Schneider of Fort Wayne; and all her loving aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Jehl; grandfather, Joseph Jehl; and grandmother, Jackie Schneider. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4916 Trier Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Preferred memorials to the Erin Jehl Trust Fund c/o First Source Bank.
The autopsies told a devastating story: two teenagers shot to death and the suspected killer dead by suicide.
Police found the three bodies – a woman and two men – Saturday in a home on Fort Wayne's north side.
The Allen County Coroner's Office has identified the two teens as Erin Jehl and Ryann Tipton.
Jehl and Tipton were both 19 years old and from Fort Wayne.
The suspected killer, a man whose death was ruled a suicide, has not been identified. The coroner's office hopes to confirm his identity today using fingerprints.
The autopsies performed Sunday revealed that all three people died from a gunshot wound or wounds.
The deaths of Jehl and Tipton were declared homicides, the 21st and 22nd of the year for the county.
With the investigation of the crime scene completed Sunday evening, police are now trying to determine a motive, said officer Scott Tegtmeyer, a city police spokesman.
"We want to figure out the why: Why would a man do that?" he said.
Police did not release additional details about what was discovered in the two-story house near the split of Lima Road and North Clinton Street, including whether a gun was found, where in the house the bodies were found, where they were shot or how many times.
Tegtmeyer expects police to share more information today.
Police could not confirm whether any of the three lived in the house.
Shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, police received a call from a woman in Washington state who reported reading this on the Facebook page of the apparent shooter:
"someone call 911. three dead bodies at 3229 lima road fort wayne indiana. I've killed ryann, erin, and myself. people were warned not to (expletive) play me and ruin me. they didn't listen. sorry about your luck."
The posting had a time stamp of 2:46 p.m. Saturday. Authorities went to the home and pronounced all three people dead at the scene at 3:19 p.m., the coroner's office said.
Police have declined to discuss the Facebook posting, except to say they are looking into it.
A Facebook event has been created organizing a candlelight vigil for Tipton and Jehl from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Northrop High School, where it appears the teens attended, according to Facebook posts.
Edward Joseph Jehl (____ - 2005)
Highland Park Cemetery
Created by: Steve
Record added: Dec 12, 2011
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