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Police: Former Iowan kills estranged girlfriend, children, self


A murder-suicide in Idaho hits close to home in the Tri-States.

Five people including two young children are dead after a man went on a shooting rampage, set fire to a home, then turned the gun on himself.

It happened in Ammon, Idaho.  Authorities say 26-year-old Gaylin Leirmoe, formerly of Dubuque, shot his estranged girlfriend, their two young boys, and her sister early Friday morning. Ammon is near Idaho Falls.

Officials say he then tried to set fire to the home they were in, then shot himself.  He later died at a hospital.

Authorities say Leirmoe was estranged from his wife, 22-year-old Michelle Kern, for several months. She was living with her parents in the home where the shooting took place.

They apparently weren't home when authorities say Leirmoe entered the home, shot Kern, her 19-year-old sister Melinda, and the couple's three-year-old and one-year-old sons. All four died.

Leirmoe then apparently set fire to the basement and a stairwell and turned the gun on himself. Around three this morning, a neighbor saw smoke coming from the home.

Then, fire crews made the grisly discovery.

A fund has been set up for the family at any Westmark Credit Union in Idaho.

The kerns are originally from Dickeyville while Leirmoe is from Dubuque.

Their three-year-old son was born in Platteville, Wisconsin in 2007 when Michelle Kern and Leirmoe lived together in Dickeyville.

A quick check of Iowa Court records online shows Leirmoe was charged when he was 17 in 2001 of Going Armed with Intent when he chased another man with a machete.

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