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Family friend talks about seeing Chris Watts and his girls just days before the murders

Posted at 10:56 PM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 12:17:57-05

FREDERICK, Colo. -- Family friends of the Watts family say they're dumbfounded, confused, lost.

Speaking to Denver7, the man who hosted Chris Watts and his little girls for a kid’s birthday party just days before they vanished, said Thursday he is still trying to process everything that's happened since.  

Jeremy Lindstrom offered a new perspective on who Chris Watts was, before the man confessed to allegedly murdering his wife and the couple's two daughters.

“You know, the hardest part about it all is - when you're closer to the family... is the 'why?'” said Lindstrom. “The why gets bigger."

Why did Lindstrom's good friend, Chris, allegedly murder his entire family?

"We're dumbfounded,” Lindstrom said Thursday night. “We don't get it. Lost."

Murder suspect Chris Watts and his two little girls, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celste, were just at Lindstrom's home for Jeremy’s little boy's birthday party.

The girls were happy. They were normal. And, so was Chris. Or so it seemed.

"He would reach out and help anybody that needed help with anything,” Lindstrom said. “He was a good mechanic if you needed help with your car - he'd help you. If you needed help with furniture, he'd be over there in a heartbeat to help you out. You don't know what, when, why, where or how everything goes weird."

And Lindstrom says we may never know, exactly.

"It's just horrible,” he said. “Why do people do this? Why does it come down to this? There had to have been an easier route."