Family left reeling after Mo. sisters murdered

2 memorial funds set up for family

EDGERTON, Mo. - The Haarup home was still a crime scene Monday night.

A Platte County deputy was stationed across the street; ribbons of crime scene tape remained stuck in place. Both served as reminders of the violence that left two sisters dead three days earlier.

Family members put up a makeshift memorial Monday evening to remember Britny Haarup, 19, and Ashley Key, 22, who were killed inside the home on Friday.

Police charged 31-year-old Clifford Miller with their murders Monday afternoon.

Read the probable cause statement associated with the charges here:

The girls' father, Paul Haarup, said he and his family made the decision that Monday would be the last day they wear black while grieving for Britny and Ashley.

He explained that they want to celebrate the sisters' lives.

"My daughters Ashley Lynn Key and Britny Marie Haarup were very wonderful people," he said. "Their short lives are not going to be forgotten."

The family is still shocked that their sisters' killer wasn't a stranger. 

In the probable cause statement, Miller admitted to officers that he was high on meth when he went over to Haarup's house and found the door unlocked. 

"He intended to have sex with Britny (Haarup)," said Platte County Sheriff Richard Anderson. "He had never had sex with her before, but he had known her for awhile and was attracted to her."

Miller told officers his first confrontation was with Key who was on the couch before he found Haarup in a bedroom. 

Haarup's two young daughters, ages 18 months and 6 months, were in the home when their mother and aunt were murdered. Key also had a four-year-old daughter who was not present at the time.

Britny Haarup's fiancé told 41 Action News that the family is worried about what the 18 month old daughter might have witnessed on Friday.

Neighbors want to see Miller pay for the crime. 

"Those kids shouldn't be missing their moms," said Kim Myer."We are relieved that it wasn't just a random thing, but we're just angry. Nobody should have to die like that."

Paul Haarup said he will make sure the three young girls remember their mothers.

"Because of this situation we've been sentenced to life," he said, "and our duty is to make sure that the three granddaughters left behind are very aware of how special their mothers were."

Family and friends will hold a celebration of life for Haarup and Key on Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Edgerton, Mo. 

Two memorial funds have been set up for Haarup and Key's children.

Donations can be made to Kansas City Police Credit Union in Kansas City, Mo., or at the Platte Valley Bank in Dearborn, Mo.

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