Arrests made in Crow Reservation double murder
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Bureau of Indian Affairs police have arrested two men in connection with the double murder of two women on the Crow Reservation in Montana. BIA police chief Darren Cruzan would not elaborate.

Koren Diebert, 26, and LaFonda Big Leggins, 23, were found dead Thanksgiving Day. Police believe they were killed around November 19.

The pair was well known on the reservation. Friends and family described both as outgoing and outspoken. "Koren was a protector, she befriended the underdog, and that's what LaFonda was," a close friend said, The Billings Gazette reported.

Friends said the women recently befriended two men with bad reputations. Some suspect they were involved in the deaths. "[Koren] would give everybody the benefit of the doubt," friend Lynn Tushka said. "I think that's what broke my heart - that she was one of the very few people who gave them the benefit of the doubt, and this is how they repaid her."

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