Community reacts to accused murderer

Published: Apr. 5, 2019 at 9:29 AM CDT
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While the RJR family grieves, a small town is coming to grips with what happened.

Many in the community are shocked that a local business owner, neighbor and chiropractor is accused of murdering four people in another town.

As the sun rises and a new day begins in the town of Washburn, where the population is just over 2,000 people, the community tries to come to grips with the tragedy.

"It's pretty shocking," said Tracy Jaeger, Washburn.

Jaeger lives next door to the man charged in connection with the quadruple homicide in Mandan.

"You'd like to think who your neighbors are but I guess you just never really know," said Jaeger.

A heinous crime that has left many wondering why.

"This hit close to home. Very close to home," said Lynn Hill, Underwood.

She describes 44-year-old Chad Isaak as someone who kept to himself but a childhood friend.

"Straight As, on the basketball team, everything. I would have never, ever thought this of him," said Hill.

And a good chiropractor.

"My wife has an appointment yesterday at 5:15," Wade Krohmer, Washburn.

One that never happened since Isaak was detained and arrested Thursday afternoon.

"Shock to us that something like this happened and that he would be a person to do something like this," said Krohmer.

A community sending prayers to all sides of the issue.

Many told KFYR-TV that it's a scary thought that someone in their community, in their small town of Washburn, can be involved in something like this.

People we spoke to say Isaak was always alone with his dog and kept to himself.

A high school classmate of Isaak says when she heard Ziegler name the suspect during the conference she was in disbelief. She remembers Isaak as a straight-A student who kept out of trouble.

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