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20 years after Brown's murders, daughter carries on

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Wisconsin state Sen. Jennifer Ehlenfeldt Shilling says it's special to walk the halls of the state Capitol in Madison where her father Richard once worked. He and his wife Lynn were killed 20 years ago at Brown's Chicken & Pasta in Palatine.

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Wisconsin state Sen. Jennifer Ehlenfeldt Shilling keeps a flag in her office that was flown over the Capitol in Madison in honor of her parents, Richard and Lynn Ehlenfeldt, who were murdered 20 years ago at their Brown's Chicken & Pasta franchise in Palatine.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Wisconsin state Sen. Jennifer Ehlenfeldt Shilling says her parents' lasting legacy is their public service, not their murder.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

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In the 20 years since her parents and five employees were murdered at Brown's Chicken & Pasta in Palatine, Jennifer Ehlenfeldt Shilling, now 43 and a Wisconsin state senator, has been reminded again and again that it is the way her parents lived and not died that is their legacy. "My parents cast a long shadow in a positive way on our lives," Shilling said.
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    • Wisconsin state Sen. Jennifer Ehlenfeldt Shilling says it's special to walk the halls of the state Capitol in Madison where her father Richard once worked. He and his wife Lynn were killed 20 years ago at Brown's Chicken & Pasta in Palatine.
    •  Wisconsin state Sen. Jennifer Ehlenfeldt Shilling keeps a flag in her office that was flown over the Capitol in Madison in honor of her parents, Richard and Lynn Ehlenfeldt, who were murdered 20 years ago at their Brown’s Chicken & Pasta franchise in Palatine.
    •  Wisconsin state Sen. Jennifer Ehlenfeldt Shilling says her parents’ lasting legacy is their public service, not their murder.
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