LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The news of the arrest came as quite a shock to the Koula family. We spoke with one of Koula's relatives over the phone this morning.
Marlene Koula is the sister-in-law of the late Dennis and Merna. Her husband was Dennis's brother. Eric is her nephew.
Understandably, Marlene did not wish to comment on camera today. Over the phone, she sounded as well as can be expected, saying Eric's arrest came as a complete shock. She said the Koulas always appeared to be the perfect family, and this is one of those situations you never expect to happen.
Marlene said she hopes police have found the killer, but she said this now raises a whole new set of questions, among them how Eric could have killed his own parents. She simply asks that the community keep her family in their prayers during this trying time.