Neighbors overwhelmed by gruesome murder of mother and son

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 19 at 10:07 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY -- The murder at 622 North Ella early Sunday morning is hitting hard and close to home for people in the neighborhood.

Charles Shearer would get the strength to continue talking.  He lives next to a duplex on the 600 block of North Ella.

"The emotions that you get over something like this, especially when it's somebody that you know, it's a little overwhelming," said Shearer.

Spokane County Sheriff's detectives said at 2:50 a.m. Sunday, they got a frantic call from a 17 year old boy in the home.

"He was hysterical.  Said that his step-dad had slashed him in the throat or the neck with a knife awakening him.  He discovered his mother deceased by what he described as gunshot wounds," said Sergent Dave Regan.

When officers arrived, they found a woman dead in the kitchen.  The teen was injured and a nine year old boy with a bad head injury.  His twin brother was not hurt.

Police say the 39 year old suspect, Jan Demeerleer, was found later dead on the floor of his garage at his home on the 8300 block of East Briant.  The nine year old boy was later pronounced brain dead at a hospital.

Shearer said he kids played with the twins.  Just last night he talked to their mother.  He says she owned a consignment store in downtown Spokane.

"She worked there for quite a while and had the opportunity to purchase it and took it over.  She built it into a pretty lucrative thing for herself," said Shearer.

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