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Vaughn neighbor: Oswego cul-de-sac ‘has moved on’ from tragedy

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Updated: September 20, 2012 10:15PM

OSWEGO — On Thursday, the Vaughn family’s former next door neighbor said the trial’s outcome wasn’t a surprise.

“It’s not a shocker,” the man said of a Will County jury’s quick verdict that Christopher Vaughn had killed his wife and three children. “From what I’ve been reading, the trial wasn’t going well for him.”

The neighbor, who declined to give his name, said he closed on his house in the 700 block of Mansfield Court in the same month as the Vaughns. He was friendly with Christopher Vaughn in passing, but didn’t know the family well, he said.

“I would never have guessed anything like this would happen. But who would?” he said.

But five years after the quadruple murders, the next-door neighbor said the quiet cul-de-sac, where mothers were carting their kids off to sports Thursday afternoon, “has moved on.”

“It’s not on the forefront (of neighbors’ minds). It doesn’t come up,” he said. “It’s in the past and better left there.”

Oswego Village President Brian LeClercq said the tragedy is one of his earliest memories after taking office.

“(It was) a very painful experience. Everybody loses. There’s no winners for something like that,” he said. “It really brought a sadness to our community.”

He now hopes the village can move on.

“Hopefully now this will bring closure for the families, and for those who haven’t started the healing process, this will allow them to heal,” LeClercq said.

In downtown Oswego Thursday evening, resident Kyle Moehlenkamp said he was “glad justice has been served.”

“No matter what kind of marital or financial stress, there is never a reason to kill people,” he said.

Staff writer Jenette Sturges
contributed to this report.

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