Minnesota Lawyers Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Friends raise money for their 3 orphaned children
December 8, 2017 Updated: December 8, 2017

Well-known Minnesota lawyers Ryan and Sarah Cheshire were both found dead in an apparent murder-suicide, according to reports this week.

The two were both found inside an apartment in Fergus Falls, Twin Cities reported, on Wednesday night, Dec. 6. Police said it’s where Ryan was living.

Police said that Ryan shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. They had recently divorced, and they had three children together.

The report said their divorce was finalized three weeks ago. It’s unclear why Sarah went to her ex-husband’s place on Wednesday night.

Neighbors heard screams and called the police. When the officers arrived at around 11 p.m., they found the two dead inside the apartment.

Neighbor Danny Yackley said, “There was a wow, factor. Like surprise, like should we be scared?” according to WDAY. “They had the road crossed off. Then they had this side of the road filled with eight or nine police vehicles,” said Yackley.

“I was just in my car, and I just heard a yell out call 911. And then I heard the girl on the phone freaking out,” said Daniel Budd, also a neighbor.

Brad Benson, her uncle, told Twin Cities that the family worried about her marriage to him, saying he was abusive and controlling.

The friends of the couple set up a GoFundMe page for the three orphaned children, raising several thousand dollars. “Please consider helping them save for the future,” the page reads.

Ryan Chesire was a prosecutor for Otter Tail County in Minnesota, while Sarah Chesire was a partner at Karkela, Hunt & Cheshire. The couple lived in Fergus Falls for 11 years.

The law firm issued a statement, saying “our firm family is grieving this tragic loss,” WDAY reported.