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Burlington mourns veterinarian allegedly killed by stepson, one other

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BURLINGTON, Colo. -- Two men are behind bars after a local veterinarian was killed, and one of the suspects is the victim's stepson.

Cynthia Eason, 50, was found dead inside her home Friday. Dylan Eason, 19, and Isaiah Churchwell, 24, are being held in connection with her death, the Burlington Police Department said.

Police said a tip quickly led to the search and capture of the two men. Friends said warnings about the two men went unanswered.

“I think she had actually called for help at different times. She was scared of those kids. She had had previous trouble and it didn’t end well,” said friend John Stewart, who knew Cynthia Eason her work with the EPEWA animal group. "I think warnings were given. Maybe not heard, but they were given. That's the tragedy."

Stewart said reeling in that tragedy is Cynthia Eason's husband and Dylan Eason’s father, Jon.

“He not only lost his wife, but he lost his son as well and I don’t know how you can compare that," Stewart said.

Out of town for work when the death took place, Jon wrote on Facebook that he is living in a private hell because he could not protect his wife when she needed him most. He also wrote that he believes the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for his son and Churchwell.

“An emotion of emotions. I can’t imagine what he’s going through. Our prayers are definitely with him,” neighbor and friend Carla Foth said.

Now the small town and clients that worked closely with Cynthia Eason are trying to figure out how to get on without her.

“Those animals need help and they have nobody. They have no insurance, they have no money and that didn’t matter to her. She took care of them. She was very well loved, she did a good job and she will be missed,” Stewart said.

Dylan Eason and Churchwell are being held at the Kit Carson County Jail without bond. They are facing charges of first-degree murder, burglary, aggravated robbery and theft.

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