Mon September 16, 2013
Volunteers Demolish House In River Falls Where Father Killed His Children
Contractors in River Falls are volunteering their time to deconstruct the home where Aaron Schaffhausen killed his three daughters last July.
All usable materials are being donated to charity with proceeds from the sale of the property going towards a memorial park for the girls.
The house, 2790 Morningside Avenue in River Falls, is where Schaffhausen killed his three daughters – five-year-old Cecelia, eight-year-old Sophie and eleven-year-old Amara – before he turned himself in to the police. The house has stood as a reminder of the crime that rocked the small town ever since, but now it’s coming apart with the help of companies like Details Construction out of Houlton.
Details Owner Jim Milleon is volunteering his time to help with the work. “We’re taking all of the usable materials out of the inside and the outside of the property, storing them for Habitat for Humanity, and donating it to their company so it can be reused.”
Milleon says he's doing this to help the family and the city move on. “There’s been a lot of Facebook postings recently, and all of them are favorable,” he says.
Affinity Credit Union of St. Paul, Minn. owns the home. Interim CEO Dave Larson says the Schaffhausen family asked for the usable parts to be donated and proceeds from the property go towards a memorial playground in honor of the murder victims.
“Due to the uniqueness of this situation, with the tragedy that was involved, we just felt that this was the right thing to do – to honor the wishes of the family,” says Larson.
The home is expected to be completely demolished by the end of the week. When and where the memorial park will be built has yet to be determined.
Correction: The original version of this article said the address of the house being demolished was 2790 Morningside Drive. The address is actually 2790 Morningside Avenue.