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Friends remember Coffland twins at open house

Mom hosts birthday event to remember her girls in St. Charles

[St. Charles East students (from left) Cameron Cooper, Melissa Martinez and Kylie Haupert look at photos of Brittany and Tiffany Coffland during a party in honor of what would have been their 18th birthday at the Baker Community Center in St. Charles. Brittany and Tiffany were killed by their father, Randall, March 10, 2017.]
St. Charles East Principal Dr. Charlie Kyle said he knew both Coffland girls.
"After a year like we had last year – losing two great students – it’s a good way to have some closure and remember the people that we lost,” Kyle said. “We miss them both. The student body misses them both as well. I wanted to pay my respects. It gives a lot of students who were connected to Brittany and Tiffany an opportunity to celebrate their lives."
[St. Charles East students (from left) Cameron Cooper, Melissa Martinez and Kylie Haupert look at photos of Brittany and Tiffany Coffland during a party in honor of what would have been their 18th birthday at the Baker Community Center in St. Charles. Brittany and Tiffany were killed by their father, Randall, March 10, 2017.] St. Charles East Principal Dr. Charlie Kyle said he knew both Coffland girls. "After a year like we had last year – losing two great students – it’s a good way to have some closure and remember the people that we lost,” Kyle said. “We miss them both. The student body misses them both as well. I wanted to pay my respects. It gives a lot of students who were connected to Brittany and Tiffany an opportunity to celebrate their lives."

ST. CHARLES – The steps leading up to the Baker Community Center in St. Charles were decorated for a birthday party, with pink and pale purple balloons tied with matching ribbons swayed in the cool spring breeze March 14.

About 100 people attended the open house and birthday party for Tiffany and Brittany Coffland, who were shot and killed by their father a year ago. Randall Coffland also shot his wife, Anjum Coffland, in the legs and then took his own life.

Anjum Coffland said she wanted to host the event not only to mark what would have been the girls’ 18th birthdays, but to thank the community for its support during the past year.

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