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Investigation into murder-suicide near Oronoco complete

Jan. 6, 2014 Jan. 6, 2014
Kayla Koranda Kayla Koranda
Nicholas Roecker Nicholas Roecker

ORONOCO, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office has released new information about a murder-suicide in January involving two teenagers near Oronoco.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said Thursday the investigation into the tragic event is complete.

The sheriff's office and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension concluded 19-year-old Nicholas Roecker shot and killed 18-year-old Kayla Koranda before turning the gun on himself.

It happened Jan. 6 while the two teens were in a shelter on the Roecker's property.

Capt. Scott Behrns of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said Nicholas brought the gun from the home to the shelter.

Behrns said investigators also believe Roecker suffered from depression or some sort of mental illness, and there's a "strong possibility" that led to the shooting.

"There is absolutely nothing prior to the shooting occurring that indicated there was some sort of problem between Kayla and Nick and that's the part that's just difficult to understand," Behrns said.

Investigators said the teens were friends who'd known each other for years. Roecker and Koranda were classmates at Holy Spirit Elementary and Lourdes High School.

The two were both in college but came home for winter break in January.

On Thursday, Capt. Behrns also thanked the families of both teens for their kindness, patience and cooperation throughout the investigation.

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