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Victims of Northeast Nebraska murder were newlyweds


We're learning more about two people killed inside a mobile home near Ewing, Nebraska.  Authorities say they were shot and the trailer then set on fire.

The couple that lived there were recently married and had big dreams for the future, before their lives were tragically cut short.

25-year-old Victoria Lee was in the prime of her life. She was newly married and just a few credits away from finishing college.

Victoria and 30-year-old Alex Vargas said their "I do's" October 22nd. He worked at Fry Dairy near Ewing, Nebraska, but the couple was in the process of moving to Omaha. She was about to complete her political science degree at UNO.

Victoria served as a page in the Iowa legislature her senior year of high school in 2005. That same year she ran and won a seat on the Missouri Valley city council. Victoria was sworn in just days before her 19th birthday. City Administrator Rita Miller talked about Victoria's impact on the community.

"She was very excited about so many projects with the city. Just being able to help people, being able to listen to people, to be there for people. I think she had a big impact on everybody." said Miller.

Victoria's parents, Don and Susan Lee say their daughter was the happiest she'd ever been in recent months. They say Vickie and Alex met at a dance club in Norfolk and were mapping out their future.

She was entering the Air Force after college and he hoped to go back to school. The Vargas family of Omaha lost a brother and uncle.

Nephew Eric Vargas Jr. said "Real crazy, wasn't your average uncle. He was a funny guy, you never caught him mad, if he was mad then you knew it was serious."

The young couple died early Saturday morning in this charred mobile home near Ewing, Nebraska. Authorities believe they were shot to death before it was set on fire. 33-year old Matthew Hinrichsen is charged with their murders.

Court documents say Victoria was Hinrichsen's ex-girlfriend. The crimes have left their family and friends trying to cope with the loss.

Rita Miller, Missouri Valley City Administrator said, "I thing the whole town was in shock when they heard the news. She's just so very excited with her life right now. And it's hard to believe it's cut short."

There is a fund to help the Lee and Vargas families pay for funeral costs. It's set up at Midstates Bank in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

The address is 321 East Erie Street Missouri Valley, IA 51555.

Donations can be made at the other Midstates Bank branches as well.

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