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Victims of Wisconsin double murder-suicide were Duluth natives

Duluth News Tribune

The shooting deaths of a man, his ex-wife and her teenage daughter in the Northwestern Wisconsin city of Chetek last month were due to a double murder-suicide, authorities said.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said John Hengst, 55, carried out the act Oct. 27 at the home where all three were living, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Hengst's former wife, 55-year-old Brenda Turner, suffered blows to her face, neck, torso and ribs before she was fatally shot downstairs, Fitzgerald said autopsy results revealed.

Natalie Tur­ner, Brenda's 17-year-old daughter, called 911 seeking help. She was found in her bedroom dead from a gunshot, Fitzgerald said.

Brenda Turner was born and raised in Duluth and attended Morgan Park High School. Natalie Turner was born in Duluth but grew up in Chetek.

Hengst shot himself and was found downstairs in the home in the 600 block of 26th Street in Chetek, about 100 miles south of Superior along U.S. Highway 53, the sheriff added. A gun was recovered at the scene, he said.

"While we are still putting this case together, it appears that some sort of altercation occurred in the upstairs bedroom and then continued downstairs, where Brenda was found deceased," the Star Tribune reported Fitzgerald said.

Court records show that Hengst and Brenda Turner were divorced 14 months ago, and Hengst had been Natalie Turner's stepfather, the sheriff said. He added that he was unaware of any restraining orders having been filed in connection with the divorced couple.

Obituaries for Brenda and Natalie Turner were printed in Monday's News Tribune. They can be found here and here.

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