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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 6:29 am | Updated: 6:54 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Alan Christopher, the father suspected of shooting and killing his two sons before killing himself Friday, was scheduled to host a bingo event that night at Desert Shadows Elementary School where one of his sons attended.

Christopher, a prominent Valley businessman, was active in Scottsdale organizations that supported youth programs and improving the community. Some neighbors said Saturday they often saw the 45-year-old father walking his two sons home from school.

“They were so normal it was horrifying,” said one neighbor who did not want to be named.

Phoenix police say Christopher shot and killed himself after he shot 10-year-old Kevin and 11-year-old Cody in their northeast Phoenix home at 5601 E. Presidio Road early Friday. A woman in Christopher’s home during the shootings called 911 about 3:30 a.m.

The bingo event was later canceled.

Christopher’s Web site, www.Mdac.com/BioChristopher.htm, listed him as having a doctorate in organizational behavior management. He had also served as co-chairman of Leaders in Nonpartisan Knowledge-based Solutions, a Scottsdale coalition of city and business leaders.

He also operated his own consulting business, M-Dac, which designed customer feedback, forecasting and improvement plans for cities and other organizations.

Phoenix police Sgt. Joel Tranter said Saturday that no motive in the shootings had been established. However, Maricopa County Superior Court records reveal a longrunning child custody battle between Christopher and his ex-wife, Jeanette S. Christopher of Phoenix, a longtime child psychologist who works at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Jeanette Christopher was in Prescott on Friday when she was informed of the shootings, and Tranter said police had to drive her home.

Jeanette Christopher couldn’t be reached for comment.

On Saturday, flowers and candles were placed in front of Christopher’s garage as a memorial.

Kaitlin Davis, 12, and her friend, Carly Baurhenn, 11, said they knew the brothers from school. The girls said the Christopher boys were in the chess club and band and earned straight A’s. Cody Christopher was in his first semester in the gifted program at Sonoran Sky Elementary School, and Kevin was a fourth-grader at Desert Shadows.

“They were always nice,” Kaitlin Davis said. “They were never mean to anybody. Everybody’s sad and crying at school. It’s not a happy place.”

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