Ballwin-Area Woman, 3 Daughters Found Shot to Death

Two of the girls attended Oak Brook Elementary School in Ballwin.

Editor's Note: This article was last updated at 4:45 p.m.

A woman from the Ballwin area and her three daughters were found dead at a campsite in Crawford County this weekend in what law enforcement are calling a murder-suicide.

Christine Adewunmi, 37, and daughters Lauren, 8, Samantha, 6 and Kate, 3, were located Saturday, Crawford County Sheriff Randy E. Martin said in a written statement. The four family members were found at Blue Springs Ranch & Resort in Bourbon, MO, located about 1 hour southwest of Ballwin in Crawford County. The resort provides various recreational activities along the Meramec River.

Husband and father Leonard Adewunmi told St. Louis County Police on Friday that his wife and daughters were missing when he arrived home from work that day. The family resided on Arbor Bluff Circle, located about a half-mile southeast of Ballwin's city limits.

Sheriff Martin reportedly told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday that his department and the Missouri Highway Patrol were confident Christine Adewunmi fired handgun shots that killed her daughters, then fatally shot herself.

The Post-Dispatch also reported that Christine Adewunmi graduated from with the maiden name Pannett, and worked as a phys ed teacher at Parkway North High School from 1998 to 2006.

A spokesperson for the said the children attended Oak Brook Elementary School and that the school principal sent out a letter to families alerting them of the deaths. School representatives also said there will be grief counselors available when students return from spring break next week. The notice from Parkway representatives can be read in the PDF portion of this article.

A representative for the Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis said Christine and her three daughters were members of the  parish in Manchester. The church is located just south of Manchester Road off Sulphur Spring Road. The Archdiocese spokesperson also said the children were involved in the .

A profile on the online résumé database LinkedIn said Leonard Adewunmi works as a real estate professional.

Editor Gabrielle Biondo contributed to this report.

Stephen Grace March 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I wonder if this Leonard Adewunmi is the same one involved in the real estate scam as a re/max agent 5 years ago?
mandi March 19, 2012 at 03:43 PM
What has this world come to. It seems that our children are becoming victims each day. Lord open the eyes of the wicked so they may see peace. God bless our community and the Adewunmi family.
tree February 01, 2013 at 07:36 PM
What the hell does a realestate scam have to do with the death of this mans family? Some people are just plain dumb asses


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