Vet kills wife, daughter, himself in Wisconsin

Published 2:07 pm Thursday, August 19, 2010

SUPERIOR, Wis.  — Police in Superior say a veteran apparently killed his pregnant wife and their daughter before committing suicide.

Investigators believe 23-year-old Matthew Magdzas shot 26-year-old April Oles and 13-month old Lila Magdzas on Tuesday afternoon. Police say family members told them Oles was eight-and-a-half months pregnant. Autopsy results are still pending.

Wisconsin National Guard Lt. Col. Jackie Guthrie says Magdzas enlisted in the Guard in 2004 and was assigned to the Superior-based 950th Engineer Company.

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He volunteered to deploy overseas with a Guard artillery unit in 2006. The unit was tasked with protecting convoys moving from Kuwait into northern Iraq. His deployment ended in 2007.