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Victim Stabbed to Death Before September Fire

There’s new information on a deadly house fire that killed a mother and her children back in September.

Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz says Keandra Austin, 27, was stabbed to death before the house was set on fire. Austin and her children, V’Angelo Totty, 9, Keeryn Austin, 6, and 6-month-old Aliya Beasley-Austin were all found dead in the home they rented on Garfield Drive on September 27th.

Hintz says Austin was also 16 weeks pregnant.

Friday, an inquest jury ruled that Austin, her three children and her unborn child, were all homicide victims. Investigators believe the fire started in the living room, but don’t know how.