Funerals Set For Mom, Child Killed In Hutch Fire

By: Associated Press / KAKE News
By: Associated Press / KAKE News

Friday, October 4, 2013

Funerals are scheduled for a mother and her 11-year-old daughter who died in a house fire that Reno County authorities allege was set by the woman's son.

The Hutchinson News reports the fire broke out at the family's Hutchinson home on Sept. 26, killing 47-year-old Karla Vonachen and her 11-year-old daughter, Audrey. The 14-year-old suspect's father, Steven, was also injured in the fire.

The funerals are scheduled for Friday morning, with burials later Friday in McPherson. The family issued a statement asking for privacy as they "go through this time of unspeakable pain and heartbreak."

Reno County Prosecutor Keith Schroeder filed a motion this week seeking to charge 14-year-old Samuel Vonachen as an adult on charges of first-degree murder of his mother and 11-year-old sister and attempted murder of his father.

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