Who was Christopher Phelon? Iowa dad and sons, 6 and 3, found dead in tragic murder-suicide
The 32-year-old accused 'died as the result of a gunshot wound and manner of death was considered suicide,' the Iowa Department of Public Safety said
ALGONA, IOWA: A father of two young sons has been accused of killing them before taking his own life. It is alleged that Christopher Phelon first fatally shot Logan, 6, and three-year-old Seth before turning the gun on himself on July 5. In a statement, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said that the 32-year-old “died as the result of a gunshot wound and manner of death was considered suicide.” The statement noted that the law enforcement investigation and autopsies carried out by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner found that boys “died as the result of gunshot wounds, and their manner of death was considered homicide.”
It added: “On July 5, 2021 at 7:51 p.m., the Algona Police Department was called to 418 South Harlan Street in Algona, Iowa. Upon arrival they met with the 911 caller who had discovered the bodies of six-year-old Logan and three-year-old Seth Phelon. In addition to the boys, Christopher Phelon, age 32, was also found deceased.” According to The Sun, the bodies were found by the children’s mother Grace Phelon, who went to Christopher’s house in Algona, Iowa, to pick them up.
Who was Christopher Phelon?
Christopher was the father of Logan and Seth. Not much information is out yet regarding him and also about his relationship with the boys and their mother. However, it has been said that when the kids were killed, they were with him.
A GoFundMe has been launched to support Grace. The page described the horror when the mother reached Christopher’s place. It stated, “On Monday, July 5th, Grace went to pick up her two sons from their dad's house after their weekend visitation. When she arrived, Grace discovered that the boys were shot by their dad before he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Logan was 6 and Seth was 3 years old. To say that Grace is devastated is an understatement.”
“Now, in addition to mourning the loss of her two children, Grace needs to figure out how to navigate this new life. I am hoping that by raising some money, any financial stress can be relieved and Grace can cover her bills, pay for unplanned expenses, and take the time she needs off of work without worrying about money,” the fundraiser added.
The page received a lot of condolence messages after the tragedy. A person wrote, “I’m so sorry for your loss, I can’t begin to imagine. Losing your two beautiful babies in such a senseless way, my heart breaks for you!” Another one said, “This is such an incredibly sad thing and I can't fathom what she is going through!” “Grace we are praying so hard for you. I’m so sorry for your pain,” a message read and the second one added: “May God be with these two boys and their mother.”
Algona Community School District Superintendent Joe Carter also expressed his sorrow over the tragic incident. He said the whole academic community is “saddened” and added: “Logan would have been a First Grade Student at Bryan Elementary this Fall and Seth would have started Preschool at Bertha Godfrey Elementary. Our thoughts go out to the families and everyone who is impacted by this tragic event.”