Release from Independence Police

Autopsies were performed today on the Padilla family. Based on the autopsy results,  evidence collected and information obtained,  it is our belief that Seaward Padilla did in fact shoot Lori and Jessica Padilla and himself in the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 7,  2008. As a result of those gunshot wounds all three died. Also based on evidence and our observation, gasoline was used to ignite the fire at the above address.

There's no insurance to cover the cost of burial expenses for the Padilla family.   Those wishing to make cash donations may do so either at the Independence City Building (5409 Madison Pike in Independence) or at any Republic bank location under the title "The Padilla Family Memorial Fund". All monies will go toward burial expenses for the deceased and a special scholarship fund for the sole survivor, 2-yr-old Jaycee.