Bozeman murder-suicide investigation shakes neighborhood

Posted at 9:29 AM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 11:29:18-04

The Bozeman Police Department confirmed Wednesday evening that an incident at a Longbow Lane home appeared to be a murder-suicide.

Neighbors who live in the area said the incident shook their quiet community.

Police tape stretched across Longbow Lane all afternoon and kept people like Annalise Pedraza at bay while investigators pieced together what might have happened.

She said it is something new for the community.

“Not in this neighborhood, no,” Pedraza said. “No, this is like working families, school is right there. Yeah, this is a safe place.”

Jenine Kirschenbaum said she feels the same.

“I know a lot of people on this road,” Kirschenbaum said. “My son goes to school with kids who live on this street and I think that that’s also very scary to think anything like that can happen in proximity to your child.”

“I guess I’ll have to hear what happened but maybe I just need to watch my child a little bit more closely,” Pedraza said.

It’s a similar concern that rippled to those living close by.

“We all feel like we live in a really small, protected, close knit community, especially in a small neighborhood like this,” Kirschenbaum said. “You’re thinking it’s just never going to happen.”

They both said you never know what happens behind closed doors.

Kirschenbaum hoped that as the investigation continues, access to mental health services might be a helpful resource.

“We really need to remember that even in a small town like this, that access is incredibly important,” Kirschenbaum said.

The names of those involved have not been released pending the investigation and notification of family.

The police said there is no danger to the public.

-Reported by Cody Boyer/MTN News