Family, friends gather to remember young boys murdered by their father

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FENTON, MO (KTVI)- A community is reeling after a father kills his two sons and then himself. The young boys were remembered in an emotional candlelight vigil Sunday night. Hundreds of people filled the soccer fields at St. Paul Catholic School, supporting the family of five-year-old Ethan and four-year-old Owen Cadenbach.

christopher-cadenbach_1The boys were killed Saturday night by their father, shortly after an Amber Alert was issued.

Their father, Christopher Cadenbach had spent the day with his sons and his own mother at a park.  When they returned to a home in the 300 block of Rauhut in south St. Louis County, Cadenbach took the mother’s car and the kids and left.

Cadenbach’s mother contacted police and that led to the issuance of the Amber Alert.  

A St. Louis County Park ranger was closing Cliff Cave County Park around 8:00 p.m. Saturday and noticed the car that was wanted by police and called authorities.

The County police helicopter was up, spotted the car, and saw someone moving towards it.  Police officers responded and when they arrived, shots were heard. They believe that was when Christopher Cadenback was shooting his own children. Both boys were dead when police reached the car.

The officers then engaged Cadenbach and that’s when Cadenbach reportedly took his own life.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident. Cadenbach was estranged from his wife.

Cliff Cave Park will be closed Sunday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral costs.