Memorial Fund Set Up After Triple Murder in Janesville

By: Dana Brueck Email
By: Dana Brueck Email

"I am in complete darkness, complete darkness on this," Russ Lucht says.

The Rock County man who discovered the bodies of his murdered daughter and grandchildren says he wants answers

A neighborhood is fearful. A school community -- saddened -- by the murder of two students and their mother. Family discovered the three bodies at a home near Janesville Friday morning.

The sheriff says investigators conducted additional searches of the trailer park, the home and nearby roadways.

The father of Danyetta Lentz says he's letting investigators do their job. He wants to hear from them when they have answers.

"Their mother took them to a lot of movies ... They kind of enjoyed that," Russ Lucht says.

Lucht says his grandchildren 17-year-old Nicole and 14-year-old Scott also enjoyed helping out around his home -- for a price.

"They would even come over ... pick up acorns 'cause grandpa ... give them $5 a bucket ... would keep'em going."

Lucht keeps going, days after discovering the bodies of his daughter, Danyetta and her children, by keeping busy.

"It's rough. I have my bouts and that stuff," he says.

Patrol cars continue to sit outside of Danyetta Lentz's home near Janesville, giving neighbors slight comfort.

"I'm scared because I don't know if this was random, planned, or what, I don't know," Gerrie Sawyer says.

Sawyer lives two doors down from the crime scene.

"I make sure doors are locked. I check my windows," she says.

Sawyer also says some neighbors want to move.

"The other night, I just lost it, told my friend put boards on my doors 'cause I've been scared," neighbor Angie Puckett says.

Puckett befriended the Lentz's ... enjoying laughs with Nicole and Scott's first catch this past summer.

"I just keep thinking ... Danyetta, give me a sign... who, why."

Puckett says Danyetta had no boyfriend. She worked at a nearby daycare while her children attended Parker High School, where Nicole was active in the choir and Scott was a freshman.

A crisis team is in place at Parker to help students cope.

"It's certainly a devastating blow to family at Parker," assistant principal Dan Keyser says, "we get through step by step."

While Lucht and his family take steps toward justice.

"One of them I told, think it was deputy coroner, I want it done just like they do on CSI Vegas, top to bottom back and forth ... they'll do their job," Lucht says.

The sheriff's office continues to seek tips. It has a tip line set up at 608-758-8477.

Lucht expect the funerals to take place on Friday. The family's also set up a memorial fund at Blackhawk Community Credit Union in Janesville.

The address is:
Blackhawk Community Credit Union
Lentz Memorial Fund
2640 W. Court St.
Janesville, WI 53548

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