McKay family

Victims: Dr. David McKay, 71, Constance McKay, 70, and Dr. Marian McKay Qamar, 40

Murderers’ age: 17 & nine months

Deaths: October 15, 1985 near Great Falls

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Dr. David McKay was an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon. He lived with his wife Constance three miles south of Great Falls. The couple’s daughter Marian was a pediatrician and lived in Seattle.

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During the murders in 1985, Marian McKay Qamar’s 3-year-old daughter Muna was sleeping in another area of the house.

She was unharmed that day and on Thursday, she offered the victim impact statement on behalf of the family.

“I was sleeping along, helpless, while my family was murdered nearby,” she said. “My whole world was shattered.”

The deaths were so traumatizing to the family, she said, that it became something they didn’t talk about. It wasn’t their fault, she said, but she didn’t get the support she needed to cope with the loss and has suffered as a result.

“I missed out on knowing my mother through their memories,” Muna said. “The most important person in my 3-year-old life was ripped away from me.”

She also lost her father in a 2005 car crash and said he didn’t talk much about her mother. But about a year and a half ago, she found a baby book of hers with a note from her father inside.

The note dated Oct. 31, 1985 read “I cry every day and I pray that I can give you enough love,” Muna read. “I’m sad that you couldn’t know her.”

She said she had found peace and happiness until she heard about the hearing.

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