Brok Junkermeier, 19, arrested for murdering 79-year-old woman [PHOTOS]
Authorities believe Warwick (left) was stabbed and strangled to death by Junkermeier (right).
Today, 19-year-old Brok Junkermeier and a 16-year-old accomplice were arrested on suspicion of murdering 79-year-old Lila Warwick in her Willmar-area home.
Warwick was found dead Monday evening during a welfare check requested after she didn't show up for her usual volunteering shift at her church. Injuries on her body indicated she'd been stabbed repeatedly and strangled.
According to Forum Communication, Junkermeier will likely be charged with second-degree murder and first-degree burglary, and his accomplice faces "liability crimes of another" for the same charges.
An NBC report contains a few biographical details about Lila, who had eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren:
Her daughter Cheri tells KARE 11 that Warwick lived alone. She was an avid church-goer, volunteered at the preschool three times each week and counted donations on Sundays.
Even at age 79 she had planned to re-paint her house this summer. Her daughter says Lila had the money to pay someone to do the job, but felt like she had the energy and wanted to do it herself.
She was also a detailed planner, and even wrote her own obituary.
Greg Enterline, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, told Forum Lila's "faith was clearly evident in her life and deeds."
"She will be very sorely missed by Redeemer," he added.
Meanwhile, Lila's daughter, Cheri Ekbom, told the Star Tribune that authorities are portraying the chain of events preceding her mother's murder as "a burglary, and I'm quite certain [the suspects] didn't know my mother."
Further arrests could still be coming, Ekbom added.
As of late this morning, Junkermeier's Facebook profile remained public. Here's a few tidbits from it:
And here's Brok's mugshot:
:::: UPDATE ::::
Charges filed on the afternoon of August 2 allege 17-year-old Robert Warwick came up with a plot to kill his grandmother and got Junkermeier's help. From the Star Tribune :
Robert Warwick masterminded robbing and killing his grandmother, believing she had a safe with $40,000 in it. Junkermeier and Jenkins arrived at her home at 4 a.m. Monday, with Jenkins acting as the lookout in a car while Junkermeier used a key to the garage to get inside.
Junkermeier, having been told by Robert Warwick that Lila Warwick checks her mail at about 6:30 a.m., waited near the basement steps in the garage and struck her with a "sword-type knife" in the hand, causing her to bleed heavily.
Lila Warwick was then directed by Junkermeier to her computer and told her to access her bank account. Seeing the balance, he ordered her to write him a check for $1,500, which she did.
Junkermeier then choked Lila Warwick, saw that she wasn't dead, stabbed her multiple times and "brought or threw her into the basement."
A 16-year-old also faces murder charges for his role in the scheme.
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