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Authorities confirm Hubbard father killed wife, kids

Authorities say Keith Kroeker killed his wife and children, set the family's home on fire and killed himself. (File Photos)

Authorities have finished their seven-month investigation into the deaths of five members of an Oregon family, confirming initial findings that a man killed his wife and children before fatally shooting himself in the head.

The five members of the Kroeker family were found dead Jan. 4 in a burned home near the western Oregon town of Hubbard.

Marion County deputy district attorneys Brendan Murphy and Melodie Dickey said Friday that 43-year-old Keith Kroeker was solely responsible for the deaths.

Autopsies of the severely burned victims showed wife Erin Kroeker died of blunt-force trauma to the head and the children -- two 10-year-old boys and a 7-year-old girl -- were shot to death. All were in their bed clothes.

The prosecutors say the fires were intentionally set, with ignition points in the home, a barn and a detached garage.

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