- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) - The brother of the woman killed in a murder-suicide described his sister as caring, tenacious and giving.

Phil High-Edward has been in Montana this week to claim the bodies of his sister, Arie Arlynn Lee, 5-year-old Augustine, 4-year-old Woodrow, and 16-month-old Arie.

Police say they were slain by Lee’s husband Augustine “Mike” Bournes in their log cabin in rural southwestern Montana on June 7.

High-Edward, of Spokane, Washington, told The Montana Standard reports (https://bit.ly/1BbyDZw) that he and Lee were close as kids.

High-Edward said he viewed Bournes as a “nice, great guy,” and he was happy his sister was happy.

“(August) was always attentive. I never got one bad vibe from him,” he said.

High-Edward said despite the urge to make sense of what led Bournes to kill his family, the reason will remain unknown.

“We will never know. August and Arie are the only two people who know what happened from beginning to end. We can speculate, we can guess, we can theorize, but we will never know,” he said.


Information from: The Montana Standard, https://www.mtstandard.com

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