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Victim's Family Finally Allowed to Collect Belongings

Posted July 6, 2007 5:36 p.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2007 11:46 a.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville apartment complex relented late Friday and agreed to allow the parents of a woman found slain in an apartment this week to collect her belongings.

Police said Kenny Y. Salas, 30, shot 23-year-old Katherine Mardell "Katie" Krejci, his girlfriend, before turning the gun on himself. Their bodies were found Tuesday morning inside an apartment at the Cambridge Arms Apartments near McPherson Church and Morganton Roads.

Krejci's parents flew to Fayetteville Tuesday to collect her belongings from the apartment, but were told by a manager of the complex that they couldn't go into the apartment since only Salas' name was on the lease. The family has to show legal documents proving they have the right to go inside the apartment, the manager said.

"I don't care about furniture or whatever else is in there. I don't even care about her clothes. I want what was close to her," said Gordon Krejci, who lives in New Mexico.

Salas' relatives didn't have a problem with Krejci's parents going into the apartment, said Mona Anderson, Krejci's mother.

"We're working together. The families are working together," said Anderson, who lives in Seattle. "All we want are those personal things."

The conflict was resolved Friday afternoon, and the Krejcis will be allowed into the apartment Saturday morning with a police escort.