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Father of 7-year-old Spokane Valley murder witness thanks law enforcement

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Loved ones of the two murdered Monday morning are expressing their gratitude for law enforcement and community support.

Deputies believe 44-year-old Gilberto Delgado gunned down his ex-girlfriend and her brother inside a Spokane Valley home. Delgado was arrested Tuesday in Southern Idaho.

Loved ones said the female victim had only briefly dated Delgado. They said he once pushed her, but there were no signs it would come to this. The most troubling thing about this horrific double homicide is the female victim's 7-year-old son discovered the bodies and called 911.  

"It only kept getting worse," said the 7-year-old's father Lane Kolbet. "I couldn't believe it. It was just chilling."

Kolbet got the phone call late Monday morning. His ex-wife and her brother had been ambushed. Kolbet's son Cooper was just feet from the carnage.

"I just don't know how Cooper wasn't even seen by Delgado," he said.

Deputies said little Cooper was in his mother's car when Delgado pulled up with a gun. Delgado reportedly chased Cooper's mom into the house where investigators said he executed her and her brother before racing off.

"I listened first hand from Cooper everything that happened," he said. "It's horrible, but we got him."

Despite unimaginable trauma, Kolbet said his son is holding up.

"Cooper is good," he said. "He's surrounded by a phenomenal family and a big community that cares about all of us."

And Kolbet wants to extend his gratitude for that. Especially to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies who treated his little boy like their own.

"It's unbelievable," he said.

Loved ones said the male victim was retired Air Force. They believe he was in the shower when the first shots were fired and raced to his sister's side to try to protect her. 

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