BURLINGTON, Ky. -- Kelli Kramer didn't answer Amanda Warren's texts Wednesday morning.
It wasn't the end of the world, Warren thought. The women both split their time between motherhood and work at a Florence Starbucks, and Kramer was especially devoted to her 9-year-old son, Aiden. But it worried Warren enough to ask her manager where Kramer might be.
"Are you sitting down?" her manager replied.
Kramer was dead. So was Aiden.
The pair had been the victims of what police believe was a double homicide shooting.
According to Boone County Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Tom Scheben, another concerned friend discovered the bodies around 4 a.m. after becoming anxious about Kramer's welfare and attempting a check-up at her apartment.
"She was just a beautiful person," Warren said Wednesday night. "Who would want to hurt her?"
Police weren't sure. Investigators are now working backward, Scheben said, and attempting to reconstruct a timeline of the Kramers' last day.
Aiden Kramer, whom Warren described as "the coolest little boy I've ever met," was a student at Burlington Elementary School. Boone County Schools spokeswoman Barbara Brady said the district was "devastated" by the news of his death, and counselors would be on hand Thursday to help any classmates who needed support.
Anyone with information concerning their deaths is urged to call either the Boone County Sheriff's Office at 859-334-2175 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.
"It’s disgusting," Warren said. "Why? Just turn yourself in."