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Family member: mother of slain River Falls girls touched by community support

Her uncle says Jessica Schaffhausen is doing "amazingly well" since her three daughters were found dead in their home last week. The family asked news media to stay away from a memorial service for the girls in River Falls. Family members hope it helps bring some closure. The girls' father, Aaron Schaffhausen, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
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Her uncle says Jessica Schaffhausen is doing "amazingly well" since her three daughters were found dead in their home last week. The family asked news media to stay away from a memorial service for the girls in River Falls. Family members hope it helps bring some closure. The girls' father, Aaron Schaffhausen, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

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