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Two sons killed by father after AMBER Alert issued across St. Louis

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(Credit: St. Louis County Police). Christopher Cadenbach took the life of his two sons and himself while on the run from police. (Credit: St. Louis County Police). Christopher Cadenbach took the life of his two sons and himself while on the run from police.

(KMOV.com) – Two young boys were killed at the hands of their father Saturday night in South County at Cliff Cave Park after an AMBER Alert was issued across St. Louis on Saturday. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F issued an AMBER alert for 5-year-old Ethan Cadenbach and 4-year-old Owen Cadenbach on Saturday. Police were searching for their father, Christopher Cadenbach, the suspect, who took the two boys.

Cadenbach had a $100,000 bond issued for his arrest for domestic violence in Franklin County on Saturday. Police have not mentioned the circumstances surrounding that incident. 

During the afternoon, he met with his mother, Diane, and his two boys at a park. While at the park, Cadenbach told his mother that he "wasn't going to be taken alive" and wanted a "suicide by cop," St. Louis County officials said. Cadenbach left the park with his mother's car and the children. She then called police.

After the phone call, police then issued the AMBER Alert.

The children and their father were found in Cliff Cave Park in South County after a park ranger found the vehicle that matched the description of Cadenbach's. A police helicopter was on the scene shortly after and spotted someone moving toward Cadenbach's car. Officers headed toward the scene, and immediately heard gunshots.

Officers say Cadenbach shot and killed his children. Police say it's unclear if Cadenbach was killed by his own gun or by police fire.

Officials with St. Louis County are in contact with family members. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for the children's funeral services. A vigil will be held Sunday evening at St. Paul's Church in Fenton. The vigil will begin at 6 p.m.

Cliff Cave Park was closed Sunday until around eight in the morning.  Neighbors who live nearby say they still can't believe this happened.

"This is a quiet neighborhood," Chuck Cathers said. "We come down here to the park all the time.  We were just down here a couple weeks ago for Homecoming for our daughter.  

"It's heartbreaking.  That's all I can say.  It's heartbreaking."

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