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Fitchburg leaders use candlelight, music to honor slain sisters

With candles in hand, upwards of 100 community members joined religious leaders, law enforcement and close friends in honoring two slain sisters at a Fitchburg park located only three blocks from where prosecutors say former Dane County sheriff?s deputy Andy Steele murdered his 39-year-old wife Ashlee Steele and her 38-year-old sister Kacee Tollefsbol.

?This horrific and inexplicable tragedy has been emotionally jarring, and has left each and every one of us constantly asking ourselves, and our families and our neighbors asking how this could've happened,? Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff told the crowd at Rosecommon Park.

The sister's uncle said Tollefsbol was visiting her sister and brother-in-law from Minnesota to offer moral support since Andy Steele had resigned from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office after an ALS diagnosis.�

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Fitchburg mayor talks about vigil honoring murder victims

A neighbor, pastor and a law enforcement representative are among the five or six speakers Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff said he expects will address community members at Sunday night's candle-light vigil honoring the sisters prosecutors say a former Dane County sheriff?s deputy murdered.

?There will also be some music that will be sung as well,? Pfaff said of the vigil scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. near where one of the sisters lived, at the southeast corner of Rosecommons Park at Langford and Rosecommon terraces.

On Friday afternoon, former Dane County Deputy Andy Steele, 39, was formally charged with murdering his 39-year-old wife Ashlee Steele and her 38-year-old sister Kacee Tollefsbol.

Fitchburg community plans vigil for victims

On Sunday, at 6:30 p.m., the Fitchburg community will gather for a candlelight vigil to honor Ashlee Steele and Kacee Tollefsbol, who were murdered last Friday.

The vigil will take place at the southeast corner of Rosecommons Park, bounded by Langford Terrace and Rosecommon Terrace.

Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff, neighborhood residents, area pastors and others will deliver brief words at the vigil.

A more formal service to honor the lives of the two women is being planned in the near future at The Church at Christ Memorial in Fitchburg, where Ashlee Steele was a staff member.

Complaint: Officers heard ?I am dying, I am dying?

Police found a home filled with smoke when they arrived at the scene of a double homicide in Fitchburg, according to a criminal complaint released Friday.

Former Dane County Deputy Andy Steele, 39, appeared in Dane County Circuit Court Friday afternoon by video conference from Rock County where he's being held. Steele was formally charged Friday in the deaths of 39-year-old Ashley Steele and her 38-year-old sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota. He's charged with two counts of homicide, one of them with a domestic-abuse enhancer.

"The charges here are the most serious crimes known to the law," said Dane County Assistant District Attorney Paul Barnett.� "They involve the violent deaths of two individuals, and the course of events leading to their deaths were, we submit, planned."

Steele would face mandatory life in prison if he's convicted.

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Former deputy suspected of homicide due in court

A former Dane County sheriff's deputy suspected of fatally shooting his wife and sister-in-law is due in court.

Andy Steele is scheduled for an appearance in Dane County Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Steele could be formally charged Friday in the deaths of 39-year-old Ashley Steele and her 38-year-old sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, of Lake Elmo Minnesota.

The two were killed a week ago at the Steele's home in suburban Fitchburg.

Meanwhile, a funeral service for the sisters will be held Friday afternoon in Stillwater, Minnesota at the Church of St. Michael.

Family of accused former deputy 'devastated'

The family of Andrew Steele, a former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy accused in a Fitchburg double homicide, says they are devastated following the shooting of their daughter-in-law and her sister.

William and Phyllis Steele, the parents of Andy Steele, released a statement to the media through Steele's attorney Wednesday.

"Our family is devastated in the wake of this tragedy," the Steele family said in the statement. "We feel the profound loss of all the loved ones involved. We ask that the media respect the privacy of the individuals close to these events in this time of grief."

Steele is accused of killing his wife, Ashlee Steele, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, in a domestic incident in their Fitchburg home on Friday.

Ashlee Steele and Tollefsbol's uncle, Dane Dupuis, said Tollefsbol went to visit her sister to lend moral support.