Schaffhausen house demolition complete

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The house where a River Falls, Wis., father killed his three young daughters has been torn down, KARE 11 reports.

Before the house was demolished, contractors volunteering their time had removed some building materials that could be salvaged, which were donated to charity, Wisconsin Public Radio reported.

The St. Paul-based Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, which owned the home, decided to sell the property, with the proceeds to go to a playground planned for River Falls in memory of the slain Schaffhausen girls, Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5.

“Our ultimate goal in this situation was to do the right thing – and we have been working closely with Jessica and her family to determine what that was. We’re proud to honor their wishes, and to contribute to the memorial playground that will be built in honor of the girls,” Dave Larson, interim President and CEO of Affinity Plus, said.

The family is thankful that the house was not just bulldozed and sold for profit, the River Falls Journal reported. “That would kind of be a waste,” Phil Stotz, the father of the girls' mother, said. “This way, we get some good to come out of evil. I’m glad to have this settled – to get beyond this.”

The girls' mother, Jessica Schaffhausen, with the help of volunteers, aims to establish the Tri-Angels Playground in River Falls. Fundraisers have included a 5K race and the auction of artwork by the girls.

She unveiled a proposed design last month, which can be found on the project's Facebook page.

Prosecutors say Aaron Schaffhausen killed his daughters as an act of revenge against his ex-wife Jessica. He mounted an insanity defense but was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Jessica Schaffhausen said in a interview that she is coping with the tragedy in part by focusing on the park project. Going to a nearby park was one of the girls' favorite things to do, she said.

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