Family speaks out after murder-suicide leaves two teens without parents, home

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LITTLETON, Colo. -- Two lives were taken in a murder-suicide Wednesday in Littleton. Now family members of the victims are speaking.

“She was an amazing person and it’s very tragic that she’s gone,” friend Evvie Trujillo said.

It’s always hard to lose someone you love. Christa Benton died in Littleton on Wednesday afternoon. It’s how she died though that her family is having the toughest time dealing with.

“She got murdered by her boyfriend,” Benton’s 18-year-old son Tyler Jewkes said.

Police were called to the Cherrywood Apartments near Broadway and Littleton Boulevard around 3 p.m. They found the bodies of Benton and her boyfriend David Fallon. The two had been together on and off for 15 years. Benton died at the hospital from a gunshot wound to the head.

The family said it was the second time police were called to Benton’s apartment that day. Early Wednesday morning, the family says the two were fighting and Benton called police for a domestic violence issue. Benton posted on Facebook at 5:30 a.m. that Fallon tried to break her neck.

“The best way I can describe their relationship was toxic. It wasn’t healthy,” Trujillo said.

Police said a few hours later he shot her, then shot himself.

“They always had fights, you know, but they’ve been together so long you’d never think that he’d be able to do something like that, let alone take his own life,” Jewkes said.

Benton leaves behind two teenage sons. Jewkes is 18, his younger brother Jonathan is 14. Fallon is also Jonathan’s father.

“He was always in and out of the picture. It was never consistent. But it was always me and my brother and my mom. We always did everything together. And I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Jewkes said.

“She loved these boys so much. They were her world,” Trujillo said.

Trujillo started a GoFundMe account for Benton’s funeral expenses and living expenses for the two boys. They are left without parents and without a home.

Benton’s mother is taking care of them, but she does not have a place of her own right now either. They are asking for the community’s help paying for rent in the Littleton area where Jonathan goes to school.

“They’re still kids and their mom is gone,” Trujillo said. “They’re going to need as much help as they can.”