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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - The father who admitted to killing his daughter in Dubuque Tuesday allegedly used three different guns to kill her, according to court documents released Wednesday.

According to court documents, Robert Stern, 62, was the one that made the call to police, although he was being "very vague" and "implied he heard something."

Stern told the dispatcher that he was dying of cancer and mentioned something about his daughter, though he wouldn't elaborate.

Police arrived to find Stern sitting in a chair in his living room, with a bag of ammunition and gun cleaning supplies sitting next to him. Court documents say there were also three empty gun holsters in the bag.

Next to him was a note that read, "April, this is goodbye I will not be around much longer God has called me home Thanx for everything, Love always Bob."

Police say Stern directed them to a back bedroom, but he said he didn't know the name of the person in the back bedroom. He also said he couldn't remember his daughter's name.

Police say they found Kimberly L. Stern, 27, dead in the back bedroom, having suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

According to court documents, police interviewed Stern, who said she had "pushed his buttons" and he got very mad.

He told police that he went into her room one time, left, then came back and shot her.

Stern told police that she had a "surprised look" in her face.

Stern then told police that she was still alive, so he stood over her and shot her multiple times with the gun.

He also told police that he went to get another gun and shot her with a second gun.

He then told police he "may have obtained a third gun" and shot her with that gun, too.

Court documents show he then dropped the guns near her body.

Stern told police that he knew what he did was bad.

According to court documents, the three guns were found near the body, and investigators found several rounds had been shot from each gun.

Stern's wife, Cynthia L. Stern, died in August at the age of 57, according to an obituary. She had been married to Stern since 1986, and in addition to Kimberly, she and Stern have another daughter, Jenny, of Orlando, Florida.

The obituary did not specify how she died.

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Robert Stern, the 62-year-old man that admitted to shooting his 27-year-old daughter, made his initial court appearance in Dubuque County District Court Wednesday morning.

He's being held on $500,000 bond.

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Dubuque Police are now investigating the death as a homicide.  Police responded to the call at the home in the 2100 block of Clarke Drive. 

Upon their arrival, they discovered the body of 27-year-old Kimberly Stern.  The man who contacted police is 62-year-old Robert Stern, Kimberly's father.  

After being interviewed by police, Robert Stern admitted to shooting Kimberly.  He has since been arrested and charged with First Degree Murder.

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Dubuque Police are conducting what they call an active death investigation at a house on Clarke Drive in Dubuque.

Lt. Scott Baxter with the Dubuque Police said they got the call around 10 a.m. Tuesday and found one person dead inside.

He wouldn't say how the person died.

Haley Oberhoffer lives across the street from the house and said she heard all the commotion Tuesday morning.

"I was just inside watching a movie, eating breakfast, and I heard the sirens going down the street, and I'm like, 'Oh what's going on?'" she said. "And they just kind of pulled up in front the house over here, and a whole bunch of cop cars start coming."

She said police arrived and started going around to the back of the house with guns drawn.

Baxter said there is no danger to the public, however.

Oberhoffer said this kind of thing on her street is rare. She also said she hasn't had much interaction with that neighbor.

"They never had their blinds open or anything," she said. "Even like a nice day like this, they were always closed. The house was always, always shut up."
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