WINDSOR, Colo. (CBS4) – Traumatized by the murder of their babysitter and the strangulation of their 6-year-old daughter at their home, the Rounkles family is seeking financial assistance. Haylee Whitworth, the mother of the young girl (and who has a different last name than her other family members), said the memories of Oct. 30 bring back too many emotions to comfortably return to her former home in Windsor.
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“This tragedy caused trauma to everyone involved and has brought so much hardship,” Whitworth said. “After everything that happened at that house and the memories it now brings; I don’t think I could ever go back.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe page asking for financial assistance so they don’t have to return to the house. They were renting the farmhouse at the time of the murder and strangulation, and they no longer are comfortable with returning.
The family is currently living in a motel, and their income has been impacted as the patriarch of the family, Todd, is unable to work while he cares for his family.
Trevor George, the alleged murderer and attacker, is currently facing several felony charges including murder. He’s being housed in the Weld County Jail.
CBS4’s Dillon Thomas first unveiled the gruesome details of what appears to be random murder.
George allegedly shot babysitter, and Rounkles family friend, Ryan Rogina at the farmhouse last Friday. George allegedly attempted to steal Rogina’s truck from the remote home. The Rounkles believe Rogina confronted George to prevent the theft and that’s when he was shot and killed.
Police records obtained by CBS4 confirmed the details first reported by Thomas.
Law enforcement says George had ditched a previously stolen truck in Windsor, and was on the property of the farmhouse at the time of the murder.
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After allegedly shooting Rogina, 30, in the torso twice, George then entered the home and attacked the young girl.
“I can’t begin to imagine the horror she felt and the trauma she endured,” Haylee said.
Luckily, Haylee Whitworth came home from a night out with friends in time to save her daughter.
As the group pulled in the dirt driveway, Rogina’s body was seen lying on the ground. While friends checked on him, noting that he was “obviously deceased,” Whitworth ran to the house to check on her daughter.
When she entered the home, George allegedly pointed a gun at her. He then ran from the house, threatened another woman with the same gun, and then ran to the nearby pumpkin patch.
Police say George then went on to steal a Dodge Challenger to escape the area.
Weld County Sheriff deputies responded and cleared the home. The 6-year-old girl was rushed to an area hospital where doctors say she had clear signs of trauma due to strangulation.
George was located, tasered and arrested 10 hours later at a Fort Collins gas station. He faces charges related to vehicle thefts, murder, attempted murder, drug possession and more.
“We are doing our best to stay strong and keep our heads up,” Haylee said. “It’s been such a blessing having so much support during this difficult time.”MORE NEWS: Deadly Head-On Crash On Highway 86 Happened Shortly After Deputy Tried To Stop Driver, Sheriff's Office Says