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Family, friends mourn 9-year-old boy, mother found shot to death in northern Kentucky apartment

Two people were found dead in a northern Kentucky apartment early Wednesday, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office. (Provided) Two people were found dead in a northern Kentucky apartment early Wednesday, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office. (Provided)
A Go Fund Me page has been opened to raise money for the funerals of Kelli Kramer and her son, Aiden, 9. (Photo: Go Fund Me) A Go Fund Me page has been opened to raise money for the funerals of Kelli Kramer and her son, Aiden, 9. (Photo: Go Fund Me)
Two people were found shot dead at this Burlington apartment complex off Peoples Lane in Burlington early Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW) Two people were found shot dead at this Burlington apartment complex off Peoples Lane in Burlington early Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW)
A crime scene vehicle responded to the Allen Creek apartment complex in Burlington early Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW) A crime scene vehicle responded to the Allen Creek apartment complex in Burlington early Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW)
BURLINGTON, KY (FOX19) -

A northern Kentucky mother and her 9-year-old son were fatally shot inside their apartment early Wednesday, and now the search is on for their killer or killers.

The bodies of Kelli Kramer, 31, and Aiden, a fourth-grader at Burlington Elementary School, were found in the 5900 block of Peoples Lane in Burlington about 3:40 a.m., according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

Both appear to have died from gunshot wounds, but autopsies will determine exact cause of death, sheriff's officials said. The case is under investigation as a double homicide. 

Detectives do not think the boy was a target, said Tom Scheben,sheriff's spokesman. He may have been killed along with his mother so he couldn't identify her assailant.

"Why? We don't know. If it was just somebody that evil or they just had to eliminate a witness. We don't know," Scheben said. 

The victims' family are horrified and struggling to understand who would end their lives in such a violent way.

Kelli Kramer's father said he and his wife, who just returned home from Florida on Monday, did not have a chance to see Kelli Kramer and her son before they were killed.

"You don't ever want to go through something where your sheriff's department comes up to the door knocking. It was almost...it was overwhelming," John Kramer said. "Nobody would ever know what it's like."

Authorities responded to his daughter's apartment after receiving a 911 call from a man who said he was her boyfriend, according to Scheben.

"He had talked to her earlier in the evening and was just checking to make sure she got home OK." Scheben said. "When he wasn't able to make contact with her, he drove to her apartment and found her."

John Kramer admits his daughter was in the process of turning her life around. She was holding down a steady job at Starbucks in Florence.

"She was getting her life back, but we don't know what happened," he said. 

Kelli Kramer's co-workers and friends also are reeling.

"I don't understand who would want to do this to her or to a kid, her child, an innocent 9-year-old boy," said one of her co-workers, Amanda Warren. "If anyone knows anything, please, please come forward."

"She was just so outgoing, so positive, you know, it doesn't matter what was going on she was just so happy."

Warren babysat Aiden. He impressed her from the start, she recalled.

"He spent the night at my house two or three weeks ago. He was just a cool kid. Very smart. Very outgoing for his age.I thought he was like 12 when I met him," she said.

Warren has opened a Go Fund Me account to help raise money for their funerals.

"I don’t know if the family has the ability to pay for a funeral, so I want to raise money to give them both the best funeral anyone could have,"  she wrote on the fundraising page.

"They deserve it. What they didn’t deserve was to be taken from us. She was a very happy person and loved her son so very much. Please help me raise money to help pay for the funeral for these 2 Angels. Any amount helps."

Officials with Boone County Schools also are struggling to cope with the news. They released a statement expressing the district's grief and shock.

We are devastated to learn of the tragic death of our student, Aiden Kramer. There will be counselors available to the students and staff of his school to help them deal with this tragedy. Because this case is under investigation there will be no further information coming from the school district at this time. All information related to this case will be released through the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. 

Alan Mullins, a school district psychologist, said grief counselors were available for the students who asked a lot of questions.

"The kids want to be safe. They want to know that they are safe and secure. They want to ask why of course  and that's one of the hardest questions to deal with," he said. 

The sheriff's department said they do not believe Aiden was a target, but the person decided to kill him along with his mother.

"Why? We don't know. If it was just somebody that evil or they just had to eliminate a witness. We don't know," Scheben said. 

If you know or saw anything, please call the Boone County Sheriff's Office: 859-334-2175.

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