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Fundraiser being held for young girl after mother is killed in Mountain's Edge murder-suicide

Posted at 10:34 AM, Jul 21, 2017

The community is rallying around a young girl after her mother and brother were killed in a double murder-suicide, last week.

Police said John Lunetta shot his girlfriend Karen Jackson, their 11-month-old baby boy and family dog before taking his own life in their Mountain's Edge home.

UPDATE: Friend says mother was planning on leaving boyfriend before murder-suicide

"I cannot believe it, I just can't believe that he would do that," said Mary Porras, Karen's aunt.

Friends tell 13 Action News, most of Karen's family lives out of town and they worry about Karen's younger daughter, who was traveling home at the time of the murders.

"Can you imagine coming home and losing your mother, your little brother and your dog. I mean it's just awful, said Stephanie Jacobs, Karen's friend and trainer. 

Jacobs is helping host a fundraiser for the 11-year-old girl Saturday. Project Fitness along with other gyms across the valley will host Karen's favorite workout's for $5 to raise money for the girl.

"We just wanted to do anything we could to help the family," Jacobs said.

Jacobs said the fundraiser is growing online and across the country. There will by gyms as far as New York City raising money for Karen's daughter. 

"It because of domestic violence, we all see it happening more and more," Jacobs said. "If you're not safe tell somebody, tell anybody."

The fundraiser starts at 10 a.m. at Project Fitness, located at 5066 W. Post Road.

There is also a GoFundMeset up for Karen's daughter.