Brok Junkermeier, 19, arrested for murdering 79-year-old woman [PHOTOS]

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Authorities believe Warwick (left) was stabbed and strangled to death by Junkermeier (right).
Today, 19-year-old Brok Junkermeier and a 16-year-old accomplice were arrested on suspicion of murdering 79-year-old Lila Warwick in her Willmar-area home.

Warwick was found dead Monday evening during a welfare check requested after she didn't show up for her usual volunteering shift at her church. Injuries on her body indicated she'd been stabbed repeatedly and strangled.

According to Forum Communication, Junkermeier will likely be charged with second-degree murder and first-degree burglary, and his accomplice faces "liability crimes of another" for the same charges.

An NBC report contains a few biographical details about Lila, who had eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren:
Her daughter Cheri tells KARE 11 that Warwick lived alone. She was an avid church-goer, volunteered at the preschool three times each week and counted donations on Sundays.

Even at age 79 she had planned to re-paint her house this summer. Her daughter says Lila had the money to pay someone to do the job, but felt like she had the energy and wanted to do it herself.

She was also a detailed planner, and even wrote her own obituary.
Greg Enterline, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, told Forum Lila's "faith was clearly evident in her life and deeds."

"She will be very sorely missed by Redeemer," he added.

Meanwhile, Lila's daughter, Cheri Ekbom, told the Star Tribune that authorities are portraying the chain of events preceding her mother's murder as "a burglary, and I'm quite certain [the suspects] didn't know my mother."

Further arrests could still be coming, Ekbom added.

As of late this morning, Junkermeier's Facebook profile remained public. Here's a few tidbits from it:

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And here's Brok's mugshot: :::: UPDATE ::::

Charges filed on the afternoon of August 2 allege 17-year-old Robert Warwick came up with a plot to kill his grandmother and got Junkermeier's help. From the Star Tribune:
Robert Warwick masterminded robbing and killing his grandmother, believing she had a safe with $40,000 in it. Junkermeier and Jenkins arrived at her home at 4 a.m. Monday, with Jenkins acting as the lookout in a car while Junkermeier used a key to the garage to get inside.

Junkermeier, having been told by Robert Warwick that Lila Warwick checks her mail at about 6:30 a.m., waited near the basement steps in the garage and struck her with a "sword-type knife" in the hand, causing her to bleed heavily.

Lila Warwick was then directed by Junkermeier to her computer and told her to access her bank account. Seeing the balance, he ordered her to write him a check for $1,500, which she did.

Junkermeier then choked Lila Warwick, saw that she wasn't dead, stabbed her multiple times and "brought or threw her into the basement."
A 16-year-old also faces murder charges for his role in the scheme.

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15 comments
sherylengen
sherylengen

This is a 19 year old young man and what he did was horrific! I do believe that he should pay for what he did but the sad part is that if he committed a crime like this then his parents must have failed him because it all starts in the home! the funny part of this is his mother is Kim Junkermeyer and she a a guardian at litem for children at kandyiohi county!

Nathan Conley
Nathan Conley

Ahh..... the old Journalism "bait and switch" routine. I put more trust in a used car salesman than a headline these days!

lenti
lenti

9 comments on this and 59 comments on the story about dog that was beaten to death by an nasty old man.

From that page, will melspetpals be starting a Justice4Lila page? How many of those people do you think will be heading over here to be outraged?

I know that locking him up for life is just ending two lives instead of one, but it just seems that there's little to no interest in the injustice of this kind of end for a woman who persevered and worked hard all her life and was just living a life of quiet dignity.

Why is there not more outrage about this?

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Do you guys just not read the headlines before you hit 'publish' or are you intentionally being deceptive?

I'm not sure which is worse...

Shawn Clark
Shawn Clark

These kind of cases make me wish Minnesota still had the death penalty

Shawn Clark
Shawn Clark

The 16 yo is old enough to be tried as a Adult.Lock them up and threw away the key.

bryanwade3
bryanwade3

"when you go to E-House I hope you get your shit pushed in"     Who kills a 79 year old lady ? 


Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

and a 16 yr old. what is happening to our world?!

Luke Schoper
Luke Schoper

Misleading headline. The murderer didn't know the old lady. The way you worded it it sounds like it was his great-grandmother.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Thank you guys for fixing the headline.

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