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Police: Elyria man charged with murdering girlfriend

Vernon Shallenberger (Source: Elyria Police) Vernon Shallenberger (Source: Elyria Police)
Washington Avenue apartment where Lauren Moore was found dead Washington Avenue apartment where Lauren Moore was found dead

Elyria Police were called to a Washington Avenue apartment Thursday evening to check on the woman inside.

They found 26-year old Lauren Moore, a mother of three, dead. Vernon Shallenberger, the victim's boyfriend and father of her children, has been charged with the murder.

"It was awful. It's awful," says Krystal Link an employee at the Washington Manor Apartments.

Krystal Link tells us Shallenberger's mother called the cops to tell them to check on the victim.

"We let them in. We had a key to let them in and they said move, there she is and ran in," says Link.

Investigators found Moore in a back bedroom.

Police say she moved into the apartment with her boyfriend and kids earlier this month. The couple just had a baby girl.

Moore worked at the Smokers Warehouse and customers there are stunned.

"Pleasant, helpful, always talked about the kids. She was happy to be moving into an apartment. I just can't believe it," says Marge Bowen.

According to investigators the children weren't home when it happened and are safe. We're told the couple did not have a history of domestic violence.

Investigators won't release the results of the autopsy until they talk to prosecutors. 

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