Updated: 08/27/2014 10:03 AM
Created: 08/26/2014 9:39 PM KSTP.com
By: Beth McDonough
A family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support after losing two relatives in a fatal shooting at a home near Madison, Wisconsin.
Ashlee Steele and her younger sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, were shot to death last Friday. The suspected gunman is Ashlee Steele's husband, Andy Steele, a former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy.
The uncle of the sisters shared special stories about the women and the six children they leave behind. Dan DuPuis felt compelled to share them because of all the thoughts, prayers and questions from people who never met the sisters.
"They’re greatly appreciated during this difficult time," DuPuis said about the outpouring of support.
DuPuis says the family feels like it lost not one, not two, but three loved ones to tragedy. He says Tollefsbol went to visit Ashlee Steele and Andy Steele to offer moral support and raise funds to cover Andy Steele's medical expenses. He was diagnosed with ALS and could no longer perform the job duties of a deputy.
As it turns out, Tollefsbol‘s dying act was to call 911 for help.
The police radio calls were revealing.
"Scene is not secure, be alert, scene is not secure, the suspect who did this may possibly be in the house and she believes he may have hung himself," dispatch said.
DuPuis says Andy Steele has recovered enough from his self-inflicted injuries; he was transferred to jail in Rock County, Wisconsin, and is expected to make his first court appearance in the deaths of his wife and sister-in-law on Friday.
During Tuesday's interview, the only time DuPuis managed to smile was when he talked about his nieces and their six young kids.
"Their devotion to their children and family means everything to them; they're models of mothers," he said.
The children are being cared for by a big, yet extremely close family. Relatives are dealing with the deaths the best way they can.
Two funds have been set up to help raise and educate the children: