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Family and friends mystified after murder-suicide

Updated: 2012-05-28T02:46:22Z

By ERIC ADLER

The Kansas City Star

Lindsey Money, 22, was a funny, outgoing mom who loved her 2- and 4-year-old daughters more than her own life.

“Her life was about her babies,” her father, Dale Money said.

Her long-term partner and the younger girl’s biological father, 23-year-old Jessy Letellier, seemed equally devoted to his family.

So on Sunday, two days after all four were found dead in what police are investigating as a murder-suicide, some who knew them wondered what had gone so tragically wrong.

“Those little girls were his world,” said friend David Gates, 23, who knew Letellier and Money since their days as students together at Fort Osage High School, class of 2007.

Family and friends said the couple had split up. Money had moved just a few months ago to the duplex at 1200 N.W. Cheshire Place in Blue Springs where Lindsey Money’s family found the bodies Friday. Dale Money said Letellier, who loved Shenayah, 4, and Jazmine, 2, visited often.

“She wanted to leave him,” Dale Money said Sunday.

Lindsey Money’s mother and brother discovered the bodies Friday about noon after she failed to show up for an early evening event that mother and daughter had planned to attend together on Thursday. When she didn’t respond to repeated text messages on Thursday night and Friday morning, Karen Money and her son went to the duplex opened the door with a key. Police responded shortly thereafter.

Dale Money said his daughter and Letellier had been a couple for about four years. They suffered some financial hardship and Letellier recently lost or quit a job. Money worked as a waitress and bartender and sometimes paid a larger portion of the rent and bills, he said.

Dale Money said he never had any sense that Letellier was violent. “If we thought there seemed like a real danger to her or the babies, I think she would have said something.”

Friends described Letellier as laid-back and easy-going. They said he had just interviewed with a moving company after leaving a job with Grainger Industrial Supply.

Money, friends, said was attractive and ebullient.

“She just enjoyed life,” her father said. “ She was happy-go-lucky, not a care in the world. Everything revolved around her girls.”

Joey Byrd, 23, grew up next to the Moneys in eastern Independence.

“They have lived on this street since I was alive,” he said of the Moneys. “As far as I knew, she was doing good. She was working. She had her own home. She was talking about getting a new car.”

As early as February, Lindsey Money still seemed enamored with Letellier, writing him a Valentine’s note on Facebook declaring in all capital letters, “Happy Valentines Day, my silly honey buns!!!! I love you more than Chuck Norris does.”

As word of the family’s death spread over the weekend, Money’s and Letellier’s separate Facebook pages filled with notes of sympathy and bewilderment, such as “RIP,” “I love you girls,” and “This can’t be true,” and “Why would anyone want to hurt these babies?”

“I talked to him last Monday. He seemed fine,” Gates said. “Things were looking up. At least that’s what I thought. It doesn’t make any sense. Our kids played together. I’m totally confused. I haven’t even fully wrapped my mind around the situation.”

To reach Eric Adler, call 816-234-4431 or send e-mail to eadler@kcstar.com.

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