Sunday funeral planned for family of 5 who died in Lake Minnetonka home


The funeral of the family of five found dead in a murder-suicide at a home on Lake Minnetonka will be held this Sunday.

A service for the Short family, Brian, Karen and their children Cole, Madison and Brooklyn, will be held at the Grace Church in Eden Prairie at 4 p.m., with a visitation between 2-4 p.m, according to an obituary on the Washburn-Mcreavy funeral services website.

An investigation has led police to believe that Karen Short and her three teenage children were shot to death by Brian Short at their home in Greenwood last week, before he turned the gun on himself.

The obituary notice says Karen Short, 48, had an "amazing capacity for love and care" and "selflessly put the needs of friends and family above her own."

Cole Short, 17, was described as a "young entrepreneur" who was "wise and worldly beyond his years," while his sister Madison, 15, "possessed a true and loving heart" who wanted to make the "world a better place."

Cole was a senior, Madison a sophomore at Minnetonka High School while Brooklyn was a freshman, and described in the obituary as a "young shining star," an honor's student who was "always curious and unfailingly sweet."

Police continue to investigate the horrific incident at the home on Channel Drive as they try to establish a motive behind their deaths.

One avenue of investigation is Brian Short's Internet business, online nursing database, created by Short who was a trained nurse himself.

The obituary describes 45-year-old Brian Short as someone who "devoted much of his life to the care of others" who developed the company into "one of the most important nursing websites in the world."

It also notes he had a "passion for diving and travel."

The Star Tribune reports students and teachers from Minnetonka High School will honor the late teenagers by taking cards and posters to the funeral. Counselors are still at the school helping students through the grieving process.

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