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Police release 911 tape in Roseville murder-suicide

By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein | nathand@goldcountrymedia.com
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Listen to the audio here.


A 16-year-old boy wondered aloud how he would survive after his parents were shot dead in their Roseville home.

“How am I going to live if my parents die? What am I going to do?” the boy asks in a 911 call released Thursday.

The four minute, 21-second call was taken shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, after 25-year-old Christopher Lambert walked into the house of Edward and Marilyn Helms on the 1600 block of Alnwick Drive in Roseville. He shot them to death before killing himself.

“I think someone shot my parents,” the boy said. “I heard gunshots and went into the room and this guy yelled at me so I ran outside with my phone. I don’t know what to do.”

The dispatcher asks the boy if he knew who the man was.

“I don’t know,” he responds. “I don’t know what happened. I think they just broke in, they like broke the door. I heard loud noises and my dog was barking.”

“I heard… like a loud pop and like a gunshot, then my dad ran in there,” the boy said. “Then I heard him fall, then there was all this noise and stuff and my dog was barking like crazy.”

The dispatcher asks the boy where the intruder was.

“I don’t know,” he responds. “I think he’s in the room. He aimed the gun at me and he said go or something.”

“I saw them on the ground,” he said.

“How am I going to live if my parents die? What am I going to do?”

By the end of the call, a police officer was on the scene and more emergency responders were arriving.