The man believed to have killed his wife and stepdaughter last week in their Scottsdale home moved with his family this summer from La Quinta, Calif.
Lee Howe, 54, was listed as a member of the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce from 2001 to 2006 and worked for Waddell & Reed Financial Services. He lived with his family in a growing part of La Quinta in the new Esplanade community.
Several neighbors in the area said most people kept to themselves, and none of them knew Howe or his family. One chamber of commerce officer confirmed that Howe had been a member of the chamber, but no one who knew Howe in California returned messages on Saturday.
Maricopa County Assessor’s Office records show the family purchased a $1.2 million house in June at 8383 E. Nightingale Star Drive. The house is part of the gated Cortona community four miles southeast of Carefree.
On Saturday, a group of girls came by the home to leave 25 red roses in the front yard as a memorial.
Money also is being raised at a grocery store and restaurant for 18-year-old Richard Le, the sole survivor of the incident that left three of his family members dead.
Police said that on Wednesday evening, Howe fatally shot his 44-year-old wife, Catherine Howe, and wounded his 17-year-old stepdaughter, Meggie Le, who died Friday.
Howe injured his stepson, Richard Le, who escaped to a neighbor’s house to seek help. Police said they believe Richard Le then returned to his house and stabbed his stepfather to death.
Richard Le was treated at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital for his injuries and released Friday, according to hospital spokeswoman Lenore Portante.
The teenager worked as a deli clerk at a nearby Safeway grocery. The store, along with US Bank, is raising money for the family’s funeral costs.
Store employees would not confirm how much money has been raised so far, though one said she heard more than $3,000 had been donated. The bank has set up an account to receive contributions for Richard Le.
Le also worked as a busboy and food runner at Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille. Co-workers there are putting together additional funds to help the family.
“He did anything I asked him to,” said general manager Steve Dragovich. “He was that kind of kid.”
Dragovich said Le was interested in moving up at the restaurant to be a bartender or waiter.
How to help
Send funds to US Bank, Attn: Account for Richard Le, 20901 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255