- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

PLATTE, S.D. (AP) - Funeral services have been set in the six South Dakota deaths resulting from what authorities have classified a murder-suicide.

Authorities say they believe Scott Westerhuis shot his wife and four children last week and then set the family home near Platte ablaze before shooting himself.

A service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Platte-Geddes Elementary School gymnasium for 16-year-old Michael, 14-year-old Connor, 10-year-old Jaeci and 9-year-old Kailey. A private committal will follow.

A service for Scott Westerhuis is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday at the First Reformed Church in Platte, with a committal service following at Edgerton Cemetery.

A private service is planned for Nicole Westerhuis.



The bodies of the couple and their children were found in the burned ruins of their home the morning of Sept. 17.

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