Lone Tree police said the mother found dead inside the family minivan with her two sons Wednesday morning, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Jennifer Laber, 38, of Highlands Ranch was found with her sons 5-year-old Ethan and 3-year-old Adam. Each died of a single gunshot wound.
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Laber picked up her boys from school early Tuesday. Police said an hour to an hour and a half before she did that, she purchased a new Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun. The weapon was found inside the vehicle.
Police said she did go through a proper background check.
Around 8 p.m. Tuesday night her husband called police saying his family did not return home. Twelve hours later, a passerby spotted the silver minivan parked next to the former Sports Authority building near C-470 and Quebec.
Officers found the mother and two sons dead inside.
“I think that I mourn the loss as a citizen of Douglas County. I certainly know my staff is being very involved in mourning the loss and we too like law enforcement have professionals involved. But I think it hits us as hard as any other citizen," said Jill Romann, the Douglas County coroner.
A family spokesperson says they are blindsided by the deaths.