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Slain Minn. teens may be tied to earlier burglary

Associated Press Published: November 28, 2012

"So between Wednesday and Sunday, the break-in occurred," said Johnson, who taught English for 32 years at Little Falls High School and retired in 1999. He said he has sympathy for Smith as another burglary victim, but the teens didn't deserve to be killed.

Smith, a retired U.S. State Department employee, was charged Monday with two counts of murder. According to the criminal complaint, Smith shot the teens multiple times. He told investigators his home had been broken into several times before.

Minnesota law gives homeowners the right to protect themselves and their property, but Wetzel said they don't have the right to execute an intruder once the threat is neutralized.

Smith told authorities he was in his basement last Thursday when he heard a window break upstairs. When he saw Brady on the basement stairwell, he fired at the teenager and then shot him again in the face after he fell down.

Smith said he dragged Brady's body into his workshop. When Kifer came down the stairs, he shot her multiple times. He dragged her into the room and as she gasped for air, he fired what he described as a "good clean finishing shot" under her chin "up into the cranium," the complaint said.

A joint funeral for the teens will be held Saturday in Little Falls. Online obituaries say Brady was a junior at Pillager High School and enjoined wrestling, taekwondo and working on cars.

"He also enjoyed a good laugh and his smile could light up a room," the obituary said.

Kifer, who attended Little Falls schools, worked several part-time jobs and was involved in gymnastics, diving, softball and cross country, "competing even when she was injured," the obituary said. She was a senior. Both teens liked hunting, fishing and camping.


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