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Police called to home multiple times in months before murder-suicide

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Police were called to a home just days before two people were killed in a murder-suicide.

The bodies of Sarah Szabo and Craig Freilinger, both from Decorah, were found dead in a home in Freeport on Sunday.

Investigators say Freilinger shot Szabo multiple times and then shot and killed himself. The two used to date each other and recently have broken up.

People in Freeport are trying to get back to normal, after some homeowners heard the gunshots that killed their neighbors. 

Police have been to 2472 Dogwood Road eight times in the last year. In the past, police responded to the home for public intoxication and welfare checks, more recently for harassment and murder.

Police reports show they responded to the home four days before Freilinger shot  Szabo.

"I would have never expected something like that, I mean I never even heard them argue once, so yeah it was totally out of the blue," said Arland Sears, neighbor.

Sears lives three houses down and heard four gun shots. He says he instantly called police, "I yelled shots fired, shots fired, we need you out here now."

He says after the shots, there was silence, "not a word, nothing except her screams."

Some neighbors say they never saw the couple and others who did see them say they never expected this.

"She was a volunteer around town and did a lot of good work for a lot of good people, she always had a smile on her face," said Sears.
"He used to mow lawns for the neighborhood."

Craig's boss says he knew something was off earlier in the week and neighbors agree.

"I think they were breaking up and he didn't want to break up, they were very good friends, I never would have expected anything like this from them," said Sears.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff says even though police were at the home four nights prior to the murder, their hands were tied with what they could do to prevent a future crime, because no complaint was filed. 

Neighbors say their biggest concern is for the children who heard or saw anything. One father says his children are being offered counseling at school. 

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