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Parents of triple homicide suspect speak out


WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- The parents of Jaren Kuester, the man accused of brutally killing three people in Lafayette County, share their anguish over the murders.

Police say Kuester killed Gary Thoreson, his wife Chloe and his brother Dean in their Town of Wiota home last month. Investigators say the Thoresons were killed with a fireplace poker.

WISN 12 News reporter Terry Sater sat down with Kuester's parents, who say they were desperately trying to get their son help. Kathy Kuester told WISN, "My heart goes out to them and I'm so sorry that this happened."

Jaren Kuester's father Jim adds, "Your heart goes out to that family. And it's just shock. I think I still am in shock."

But Kuester's parents are still angry at Waukesha County mental health officials for not hospitalizing their son when he was being treated for mental illness by the county. "I still, I still can't wrap my mind around it. I can't believe that it happened," says Kathy Kuester. "I still can't believe that my son will spend the rest of his life behind bars... when his father and me tried so hard to get him help and he was turned away."

Kuester's father says Waukesha County knew his son had a history of mental illness. "My son isn't a monster. He was someone in need of help. We were looking for help and it couldn't be found anywhere. And you always think to yourself, what if I had made one more phone call." Kathy says, "Horrible for a parent and again the family of the victims, it's horrible. It shouldn't have happened and I think it could have been prevented."

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