Three People Dead Following Murder-Suicide in Cedar Rapids

Authorities work the scene of a shooting incident at 3515 Banar Drive SW in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, January 30, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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By Rachel Begle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids man killed his wife and mother-in-law before taking his own life Thursday morning.

Police said 47-year-old Robert Livingston entered Linda Huber's home at 3515 Banar Drive sometime before 6:39 a.m. and shot Huber and 41-year-old Ingrid Huber Livingston. Robert Livingston then took his own life. The Livingston's two minor children were in the residence at the time of the murders, police said.

The Livingstons, who live nearby at 3600 Big Horn Drive SW in Cedar Rapids, have two minor children who were not hurt during the incident.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and many questions remain unanswered. Chiefly, why did Livingston - whose prior criminal record amounts to a couple traffic violations - seemingly snap and murder his wife and mother-in-law?

Authorities say they can't comment on details of the investigation, including a possible motive.

"It's all going to be part of the investigation," said Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow.

Buelow said investigators can't say who made the original 911 call that alerted police to the residence or what weapon was used in the killings.

Elaine Pohlmann, who lives nearby at 3527 Banar Dr., said she was good friends with Huber. Pohlman said the 73-year-old was a widow who lived alone in the middle unit of the three-unit condominium.

Huber was a retired teacher, but Pohlman didn't know where she taught, shes said.

"We were just friends," Pohlmann said. "I'd go into her house and visit."

Pohlmann said Huber got frequent visits from her granddaughters - Livingston's children - and also loved to garden.

"She was a very nice lady," Pohlmann said.

Wanda Ribble, another neighbor, said she met Huber once at a neighborhood gathering, but didn't know her very well. She said the sight of squad cars and police tape was a foreign sight on her otherwise quiet street.

"It's a quiet neighborhood," she said. "That's why I was so shocked when I heard that this morning."

Police said no further information will be released at this time.
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