The brother of a pregnant Colorado woman who, along with her children, are believed to have been murdered by her husband, stated that the family is choosing to look to God even in its terrible grief.
Frankie Rzucek, brother of the victim mother, Shannan Watts, was seen comforting his father at a court appearance Monday as a judge charged suspected killer Chris Watts with a series of felonies.
“Thank you everyone for the continued prayers and support. We don’t have any worries. We have faith in God, support from around the world and the sweetest guardian angels I’ve ever known,” Rzucek told supporters on Facebook Monday night.
Thank you everyone for the continued prayers and support. We don't have any worries. We have faith in god, support from around the world and the sweetest guardian angels I've ever known.
Shanann, who was 15-weeks pregnant, was strangled to death along with both of her daughters in a brutal attack. The daughter’s remains were found stuffed into a tank on an oil and gas field where Chris worked. Shanann was buried in a shallow grave nearby.
After initially making a plea for his family’s safe return, Watts was later arrested on suspicion of murder, at which time he confessed to the grisly slaying of his wife, though he claimed he did this after she killed their kids. It was later revealed that he was engaged in an extra-marital affair with a co-worker — a possible motive for his heinous crime.
“I think he had a vision of another life with this other woman — carefree, no responsibilities,” Denise Mowder, an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at MSU Denver, told Denver Channel. “Two children and another on the way, that’s a big responsibility.”
The expert, however, was interested that Watts did not end the brutal murders with his own suicide. “I’m pretty surprised he didn’t kill himself, too. Oftentimes, it goes in a pattern,” she added.
“I don’t know what to say. Just that my sister and nieces are loved by so many. It’s hard to find reasoning for such things,” Rzucek wrote in another post. “‘Find the positive in the negative’ she says. Thank you Shanann for all that you’ve done and continue to do and I’m honored to call you my sister.”
He added: “God bless you all. My prayers to his family. I pray people don’t harass them or wish harm on anyone. God will take care of everyone and everything. They are our family and are hurting just as much. Don’t just pray for us, pray that everyone finds peace and love in their hearts through these unimaginable circumstances. Again my family and I appreciate all the love and support.”
Watts hung his head and remained silent throughout Tuesday’s proceedings. The charges against Chris include one count of first-degree unlawful termination of pregnancy, as well as first-degree murder charges relating to all three deaths.
“She was SO into her family,” Kris Landon, a friend of the couple, said of the devoted mother, according to PEOPLE. “Like, that’s all she talked about. She talked about her girls as miracles, because she had some health problems and didn’t know if she’d have kids. But she really embraced motherhood, and I thought she embraced her marriage, too. They seemed like partners. Amazing partners.”