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UPDATE: Community, former classmates react to Valley Center murder arrest

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Additional Information On Suspects

  • Anthony Bluml, 18
    • From Valley Center
    • Graduated from Valley Center High School in May 2013
    • Participated in baseball, football, wrestling
  • Andrew Ellington, 18
    • From Park City
    • Graduated from Valley Center High School in May 2013
    • Participated in golf
  • Braden Smith, 18
    • From Park City
    • Left Valley Center Schools in December 2011

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Valley Center, Kan. -- UPDATE:

The shootings of Melissa and Roger Bluml rocked the small community of Valley Center. Wednesday, it was who investigators arrested that has the people who live and work there really shaken.

"We just hoped that they would get caught whoever did this, that they would catch them and then they did and it's 18 year old kids. It just makes the situation that much worse,” local business owner Heather Tucker said.

"It's just hard to think that a small child's mind could go to this place and this even could happen,” community member Kay Williams said.

18 year olds Anthony Bluml, Andrew Ellington, and Braden Smith all attended Valley Center High School. We spoke with a former classmate of all three teens, who now lives in Topeka.

"It is a very shocking thing. I would never expect any of those boys to be in a murder case and it still shocks me. I don't even know what to say about it because hanging out with them and being friends with them and then turn around and they're in this kind of case it's strange,” the former classmate said.

A crisis team has been on hand at the high school since Monday but after the names of those arrested were released, the district called in extra counselors to help students who need to talk.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's investigators have arrested four people in connection to the shootings of Melissa and Roger Bluml in Valley Center late last week.

Melissa Bluml, 53, and her husband Roger, were found shot near their home on North 109th Street near Valley Center last Friday night. Melissa Bluml later died. Her husband is still in critical condition at a Wichita hospital.

During a news briefing Wednesday morning, Captain Gregory Pollock said four people are in custody:

The first is 18-year-old Anthony J. Bluml, the adopted son of the couple. He was booked on First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and Burglary.

His biological mother, 35-yearj-old Kisha D. Schaberg of San Diego, California was also arrested on those charges as well as Aggravated Robbery.

Two others, 18-year-old Andrew W. Ellington and 18-year-old Braden M. Smith, both of Park City, were also arrested in connection. Ellington was booked for First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder, Burglary and Aggravated Robbery. Smith was booked for First Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree Murder.

Captain Pollock said detectives and forensic investigators are still actively working the case so they're unable to provide any further details at this point, as he doesn't want to jeopardize the prosecution. They continue, with help from other agencies, to search for evidence at various locations in Sedgwick County and expect that to be completed today.

Sheriff investigators are set to meet with the district attorney's office later this week to discuss formal charges.


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