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Nov 10, 2013 11:06 PM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Family of Black Forest shooting victim hoping for answers arrest of suspect

The family of Terry Lankford, 51, told News 5 on Sunday that she was one of the victims who were fatally shot in a crime spree on Saturday morning and her husband has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder.

At 8:30 a.m. on Saturday the sheriff's office received a 911 call reporting a home invasion and shooting on the 17000-block of Timberlane Court, deputies arrived to find Carol Fowler, 51, with a fatal gunshot wound and her husband Thomas Fowler, 52, with a gunshot wound. Not long after discovering the first scene Terry Lankford was found shot to death at her home on the 6000-block of Burrows Road a few miles away.

Around midday on Saturday investigators asked for the public's help finding a person of interest, Kenneth Lankford, who they said was connected to one of the scenes. Early Sunday morning Lankford was arrested not far from the two crime scenes.

Richard Lowe is the brother-in-law of Terry Lankford, Kenneth Lankford's wife. He said that on Sunday the sheriff's office confirmed to his family that Terry was killed at the scene on Burrows Road where she lived with her husband. The Lankfords had moved into the home after losing their house on Shoup Road in the Black Forest Fire. Lowe and his family first heard about the crime spree in Black Forest through news reports.

"We saw what the rest of the public saw unfolding," Lowe described. "Of course we all kind of suspected the worst knowing that Terry lived here."

Lowe came to the Lankford home on Burrows Road on Sunday to retrieve Terry's pets, he said she was a passionate animal lover.

"Terry was such a kind and giving person" he said, choking back tears.

Late Sunday evening investigators announced that Kenneth Lankford would be charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault. Lankford, an ex-con with a lengthy criminal record, wasn't well liked by neighbors and Terry Lankford's family.

"Just not the guy that you want to see your sister-in-law with but we supported her and she supported him," Lowe explained. "This is the problem that we're really struggling with is that she was his biggest ally."

Two wooden crosses placed by community members in front of the home on Burrows Road was the only sign of Saturday's crime left on Sunday afternoon. On Timberlane Court, the scene of Saturday's home invasion, a few tatters of crime scene tape remained. Richard Lowe said he and the rest of his family don't know how Terry Lankford's death could be connected to the shooting there.

"That we don't know and our heart aches, our heart aches because I can't imagine, you know, I can't imagine," he said.

Sunday brought some relief to those living in Black Forest, but precious few answers for those most affected by Saturday's crime spree.

In memory of Terry Lankford her family is asking for donations to be given to Dream Power Animal Rescue or any animal shelter to honor her love of animals.

The sheriff's department is asking for the public's help in finding a red, 2002 Honda Odyssey with Colorado license 048-GJB which may have been stolen by Kenneth Lankford.

 

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