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'I lost all of them'

At times, Ryan Laber feels as if he is drifting in the ocean. Grief washes over him in waves, recedes, then comes in again. Other times, he stands in a valley, staring at sheer cliffs encircling him, wondering how he will ever climb …
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Every day, Stephanie Schmalz drives by Highlands Ranch on C-470 from her home in Morrison to her job in Lone Tree. So when she learned in November that Jennifer Laber, a Highlands Ranch mother, had killed her two young sons and then herself, the …
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Our thought process behind this week’s special report

On Nov. 30, Jennifer Laber was found dead with her two sons, ages 3 and 5, in the family minivan outside a closed Sports Authority. Just two months later, on Jan. 30, Cristi Benavides and her …
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