Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The three deaths at a farmhouse outside Lake City on Friday have been determined to be a double murder and suicide.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office said this morning that a joint investigation with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has showed Luke Schleisman, 20, shot his fiancée Paige Gallo, 19, and her friend Heather Campbell, 20, with a shotgun then turned the gun on himself.

Schleisman and Gallo resided at the acreage at 1631 400th St. while Campbell, from Urbandale, met Gallo at a Des Moines Area Community College nursing class in Carroll four days before the incident. The women spent Thursday night together studying for an exam.

About 1:30 Friday morning the Calhoun County Communications Center received a phone call from Campbell’s mother, Vicki. She reported she’d received a voice mail from Heather’s cell phone that recorded a verbal altercation followed by gunshots, according to Calhoun County Sheriff Bill Davis.

Davis declined to release specifics about the disturbance, saying, “Through Heather’s phone they could overhear what was going on.”

The shotgun was found at the house, and authorities say they believe no one else was involved in the shootings.

“The evidence at the scene and the autopsies all show this was a murder-suicide,” Davis added.

The deaths have devastated the Calhoun County community, he said.

“I don’t know if I can put it into words,” said Davis. “Here in rural Iowa, everybody knows everybody, and this has affected every single one of us.”

Gallo, a daughter of Theresa and Michael Gallo, was a 2009 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, where she competed on the swim team and was a member of ROTC.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, 20794 Highway 92 in Council Bluffs. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery outside Glidden. Visitation is from 5 to 8 tonight at Cutler-O’Neil-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home, 545 Willow Ave. in Council Bluffs.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Iowa Savings Bank, P.O. Box 967, Carroll 51401.

Campbell, a daughter of Doug and Vicki (Kuenhold) Campbell, graduated from Urbandale High School. She planned to move to the West Coast to care for disabled children.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Iles Funeral Home Westover Chapel of Des Moines is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions can be made to Walk Now For Autism Speaks or to a memorial scholarship at DMACC.

Schleisman, a son of Mark and Melissa (Bean) Schleisman, was a 2008 graduate of Southern Cal High School in Lake City and studied ag business at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. He worked in the service department at Macke Motors in Lake City.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Lake City.