Slain Columbia, Ill. mother, 2 sons remembered

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 22 at 10:19 AM

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) -- Funerals have been held for a southern Illinois woman and her sons who were found murdered in their home.

Columbia resident Sheri Coleman and her sons, Garett and Gavin, were remembered on Saturday. A public service is scheduled for Sunday night at a Columbia park and another family service is set for Monday in the Chicago area.

The three were found dead Tuesday morning after authorities went to their home for a wellness check at the suggestion of husband and father Chris Coleman.

Authorities haven't released a cause of death or the results of autopsies.

Maj. Jeff Connor is a deputy commander of the major case squad of greater St. Louis. He says detectives in scuba gear searched a lake behind the home on Friday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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