FREDERICK, Colo. -- A makeshift memorial continues to grow outside a family home in Fredrick where loved ones and strangers have paid tribute to the lives lost.
Christopher Watts is accused of killing his pregnant wife Shanann, 34 and two young daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. A motive remains unclear.
The tragedy has left a neighborhood saddened and surprised. The family would often be seen walking to a neighborhood park, neighbors say.
“I just can’t stop thinking about them,” one woman said as she left a candle and a balloon at the front lawn memorial. “I was praying for her. This morning, when I woke up, I heard the news and it broke my heart.”
Facebook is memorializing Shanann Watts’ profile with a banner. Her online presence has given the public a glimpse into happier times in her life.
“Beautiful, beautiful family, wonderful family,” neighbor and friend Mike Hendrickson said. “She was more of an extrovert.”
Shanann Watts was committed to raising awareness of lupus and shared her journey through weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle by using Thrive patches, according to her Facebook posts.
“They just seemed like a pretty much every day ordinary couple," Hendrickson said.
A gender reveal party for Shanann Watts was scheduled for Saturday. Instead, people plan to gather at 8:30 p.m. Friday for a candlelight vigil, according to family friends.