MONTROSE — A memorial service was held Saturday for Kama Sanburg and Scott Clarke, the couple whose bodies were found last Monday after they had been shot to death.
People in Montrose were shocked by the killings, and by Tuesday police had identified 19-year-old Ryan Peterson, who reportedly lived with the couple, as a “person of interest.” By Wednesday, police had cornered Peterson in a Montrose apartment complex. Peterson was found dead from a gunshot wound, an apparent suicide.
Even though the investigation into the deaths is ongoing and Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap is tight-lipped about the case, it’s apparent to many that the couple were killed by Peterson, who then killed himself.
The question is why, and that question will not be answered, if at all, until the investigation is complete.
According to Scott’s obituary from Valley Lawn Funeral Home, the couple met about 10 years ago in a chance encounter and a “spontaneous conversation about border collies” that led to their romance. “They had a passion for the same things and their compatibility led to a life together with Scott’s 3-year-old son,” it states.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Clarke, 34, moved to Colorado because of his great love for the outdoors, and HE enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and rock crawling with his family.
Sanburg, 49, was a native of Montrose and graduated from Montrose High in 1979, where she was active as a 4-H leader and received a national award.
The memorial service was held at Grace Community Church with Jim Kershner officiating.