Two Murders in Two Weeks

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, June 27 2013 at 4:16 PM, Updated: Thu, June 27 2013 at 4:27 PM

Two unsolved murders over the past two weeks have many on edge in Klamath County.

42 year old Randal Gallagher was found shot to death on the 14th of this month...A simple memorial has been built where his body was found.

The shooting has April Hornbeck nervous...

"I'm a little more cautious now.  I was out of state when it happened, and my kids were at my home - and being neighborhood residents, it's a little nerve-wracking as a parent."

Prosecutors believe Gallagher's murder was not a random act of violence.

"I can't go into a lot of detail."  Notes Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Michael Swanson.  "However, this investigation is focused and we are comfortable saying the public at large is not at risk."

No suspect has been identified.

Then, last Monday night, 32 year old David Costa was found shot to death at this home in the Agency Lake area near Chiloquin.

While there may be two killers on the loose, Pat Holman still has a daily routine...

"Pretty much in the daylight hours.  And I'm not going to wander around in the dark at night around here, or anywhere else."

Kennon Hornbeck of Klamath Falls says he feels safe...

"Yeah, I think I do.  Because, we got guns...so...I feel pretty safe."

Police are asking for any tips the public may have on either of the murders.

Both murders are being investigated by the Klamath County Major Crime Team.

That team is composed of city, county, and state law enforcement agencies, community corrections, and the district attorney's office.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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