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13-year-old accused in Iowa woman's death

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MITCHELL COUNTY, Iowa (KTTC) -- A 37-year-old Osage, Iowa woman was shot to death by her 13-year-old son.  

According to the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office, a 911 call came in around 7:30 p.m. from a home on the 3500 block of Cameo Avenue in rural Mitchell county. The teenager is the one who made the call to authorities.

Deputy Greg Beaver with the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office says, "The emotions of the young man from what I've been told is his demeanor was very calm and kind of stoic. Almost like he was in shock also."

37-year-old Gretchen Crooks was found inside the home. Investigators say she died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The teen was transported to the North Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Waterloo, Iowa. His name will not be released. He was a student at Osage Middle School where grief counselors were available to help the students through their questions.

Superintendent Steve Bass says, "There's not always an answer that does make sense. It's tough on the kids cause they're wondering why did it happen?"

Crooks grew up in nearby Mason City and worked as a critical care nurse at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.

Lynnette Kenne, the leader of Crooks critical care unit says Crooks compassionate nature is going to be sadly missed, "Gretchen is one of our amazing critical care nurses and she was also one of our house supervisors. She was just a very good nurse. Very caring, compassionate and had amazing skills and knowledge. It's definitely a loss to our organization and everyone that works here. Definitely extend our condolences to her family and friends."

The investigation into exactly what happened is still ongoing.  The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is helping.

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