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Mother & Son Murdered in Spokane Valley After Domestic Dispute

(Photo of Jan DeMeerleer & Rebecca Schiering in a 2007 KHQ interview about ATV thefts) (Photo of Jan DeMeerleer & Rebecca Schiering in a 2007 KHQ interview about ATV thefts)
(Phillip Schiering) (Phillip Schiering)
Jack (left) & Phillip (right) Jack (left) & Phillip (right)
Phillip (left) Jack (right) Phillip (left) Jack (right)

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 9-year-old Spokane-area boy who was shot in the head is the third person to die in what authorities are calling a violent domestic dispute.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center said the boy was taken off life support and died yesterday afternoon. The mother, whose identified as Rebecca Schiering, was shot to death and her 17-year-old son was attacked with a knife but treated and released from the hospital.

The dead boy's twin brother was also in the house, but he was not harmed in the attack early yesterday.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office said a man believed to be the killer, 39-year-old Jan DeMeerleer, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot in the garage of his home.

This statement was released from Rebecca Schiering's family on Monday afternoon.

Rebecca is known by many in the community as a joyful young woman and a loving mother. She loved her community which was evident through her involvement with local charities, including the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Her family is deeply touched by the flowers and cards left at her home and business but ask that you respect the privacy of her two surviving sons who are struggling to make sense of this tragedy. At this time, If you would like to help the family, a fund has been set up for the Schierings at United Health Services Credit Union, 613 S Washington, 455-4067.

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