Cops: Father Killed Twins, Told Wife to 'Live and Suffer'

Girls, 16, killed in Chicago-area murder-suicide
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2017 3:11 AM CDT
Updated Mar 13, 2017 6:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – "I want you to live and suffer like I did," Randall Coffland can be heard saying to estranged wife Anjum Coffland in a 911 call released Sunday. Police say Coffland made the call after killing his twin 16-year-old daughters in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles on Friday, the Chicago Tribune reports. He gave the dispatcher the address and said: "I'm going to kill myself now, too. My two girls are dead, and I'm killing myself." Moments after his call, Anjum Coffland called 911, saying Coffland had shot her in the legs and killed daughters Tiffany and Brittany before shooting himself in the head. "My girls are dead," she screams in a call released by police. She was in stable condition in a local hospital Sunday.

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Police say the Cofflands were married but living at different addresses, the Daily Herald reports. Randall Coffland, an IT manager at a law firm, lived at a luxury condo complex with his daughters while Anjum Coffland lived elsewhere. Police say officers responded to a report of a domestic incident at the same St. Charles address on Feb. 9, but "nothing physical happened." Classmate Gabrielle Willaert tells the Chicago Sun-Times that Brittany often mentioned her troubled home life but still went out of her way to make sure others were OK. "She had the biggest heart," she says. "I can't believe that something like this would happen to such beautiful people." (Last year, a family of five was killed in a murder-suicide, and the victims included a girl with a new heart.)

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