Police Search For Motive In Cedar Falls Family Killings

Photo: Tyler, Sarah, Arlo and Lula Schmidt (Photo used with permission of Sarah's sister)

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation continues to look for a motive into the killing of three members of a Cedar Falls family.

Sarah, Tyler, and their six-year old daughter Lula [[LOO-luh]] Schmidt were shot to death Friday as they were camping at Maquoketa [[muh-KOH-kuh-tuh]] Caves State Park in Jackson County.

The man suspected of shooting the family--23-year-old Anthony Sherwin, of La Vista, Nebraska-- killed himself Friday just west of the park.

Signs honoring Sarah Schmidt, of Cedar Falls, adorned the Cedar Falls Public Library Saturday with messages of love and appreciation.

Sarah was a librarian there. The library doors were locked, and a sign hanging on the door said it was to give employees and others who knew the family a chance to grieve.

A social media post by Cedar Falls Mayor Rob Green to his Facebook page called the deaths shocking and said he knew Sarah well.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up for Arlo Schmidt, the nine year old boy who survived the attack. The relative who set up the account, Beth Shapiro, says the money will be used to start a savings account and a 529 (education) fund in Arlo’s name.

You can donate to help Arlo by going to this link: https://gofund.me/39901c4c

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