Murch Funeral Arrangements Announced

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The Murch family (via Facebook)

The Murch family (via Facebook)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Archdiocese of St. Louis has announced funeral arrangements for the Glendale mother and two young children killed in an apparent murder-suicide Monday.

The funeral will take place Saturday morning at the Cathedral Basilica. The three will be buried at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Kirkwood. Friends, family and church members are invited, members of the media are not.

“A Glendale family that is grieving the deaths of a mother and two children has asked that they, and their community, be allowed to grieve privately,” the Archdiocese wrote in a press release Thursday. “Out of respect for this grieving family, media will not be permitted to the Murch wake, funeral or burial services.”

Investigators believe mother Catherine Murch shot and killed her 11-year-old son Mitchell and 9-year-old daughter Mary Claire before turning the gun on herself.

The husband called 911 at about 11 a.m. Monday and told police he heard gunshots from inside his home and went to check outside, but found his wife’s body before he got to the door.  When police arrived, the father was performing CPR on his son.

The children were taken to an area hospital were they were pronounced dead.

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