Parents of Shanann Watts share emotional obituary but make no mention of accused husband

Family of pregnant Colorado mother shares an emotional obituary which makes no mention of her murderer husband or her murdered daughters


                            Parents of Shanann Watts share emotional obituary but make no mention of accused husband

The family of Shanann Watts, who was allegedly killed by her husband along with her two daughters, paid an emotional and tear-jerking tribute to her in an obituary.

What is noteworthy is that the obituary makes no mention of her husband, Chris Watts. 

According to authorities, a pregnant Shanann and the two children -- 4-year-old Bella Marie Watts and 3-year-old Celeste Cathryn Watts -- were murdered on August 16. Watts has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two of murdering children in his trust, one of terminating a pregnancy and three of tampering with bodies. In the obituary, Shanann's parents, Frank and Sandra Rzucek, described her as "our pride and joy" and also "a true gift from God". 



The obituary which was posted in the Sandhills Sentinel read, "We were so blessed to have such a joyful and wonderful daughter whose beauty was that of a doll". They also mentioned that Shanann was extremely happy at becoming a mother given that she had battled lupus to conceive.

"She spent every minute thanking God and taking care of her precious gift that the Lord had blessed her with," Frank and Sandra continued. 

"Shan’ann wanted one more child praying for a baby boy. She named him Nico Lee. With the anticipation of her son to join them she knew he would be loved by his sisters and family," they added. Shanann's funeral will take place on September 1 at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Pinehurst. The family has also requested for donations to the Lupus Foundation of America instead of flowers. 

Watts was charged in court last week with the murders of his wife and children. Judge Marcelo Kopcow shared that if he was found guilty of the murder charges he would be liable to face the death penalty and will not see a life outside of prison. District Attorney Michael Rourke has a period of nine weeks in which to decide whether to seek an execution.



As per an affidavit, Watts claimed that he had been having a secret affair with a colleague at Anadarko Oil and had told his wife that he wanted to separate after she returned home from a business trip. According to Chris, he saw Shanann strangle Celeste while Bella was already dead which led him to strangle Shanann. He then wrapped up the bodies and drove around 35 miles to a plain outside Roggen in Colorado where he buried his wife and dumped the bodies of his two children into tank filled with crude oil.

However, investigators do not believe him and say that he murdered all three. Post a two-day investigation, the police learned of Watt’s affair, something which he had initially denied. He eventually told the police where the bodies were hidden where they also found a bed sheet which matched the linen from their house. Shanann’s father made an emotional appearance to thank all those involved in helping to arrest his son-in-law Chris.



As he spoke to reporters at a press conference in Colorado, he shared, “I'd like to thank everyone in the Frederick Police Department and all the agencies involved for working so hard to find my daughter, granddaughters, and Nico. I'd like to thank everyone for coming to the candlelight vigil and saying all your prayers. They are gratefully appreciated — and keep the prayers coming for our family,” the 55-year-old shared in between sobs.

Since the bodies were discovered, many people have chosen to leave many toys, flowers, and candles in the front yard of the $400,000 house which the couple had bought in the year 2013.