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Published Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm / Updated at 1:56 pm
Video: Police chief talks Brumback homicides

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Omaha's police chief will talk Monday with some Creighton University faculty members about their security concerns after the unsolved murders last week of a pathology professor and his wife.

Chief Todd Schmaderer also will make his first public comments about the homicides at 1 p.m. Monday. Follow for the latest as details become available.

Dr. Poonam Sharma, chairwoman of pathology, said Saturday she invited Schmaderer to address concerned members of the Creighton community, and he agreed to do so.

“It's unfortunate that we are in this situation,” Sharma said.

The bodies of Dr. Roger Brumback and Mary Brumback, both 65, were discovered Tuesday in their home at 11421 Shirley St. Police have not said how they were killed, but they are treating the deaths as homicides.

“We pray for his family,” Sharma said of Roger Brumback.

Police are investigating whether the Brumback slayings are connected to two unsolved killings in 2008.

Brumback was a friend and colleague of Drs. William and Claire Hunter of the Creighton University School of Medicine. Their son, Thomas Hunter, and housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, 57, were killed March 13, 2008, at the Hunters' Dundee home.

Brumback was in the Creighton pathology department, as was Dr. William Hunter. Pathology involves the diagnosis of disease, largely through laboratory testing.

A police spokeswoman declined to provide information on the Monday gathering. A Creighton spokeswoman said it would be a private meeting.

Sharma said people in her department and on campus have expressed concern about security, but they have no specific, additional information that prompts their alarm.

Sharma also said she was unaware of any additional security measures being taken by Creighton or the Police Department. She said she may ask the chief if he thinks additional security is required.

A Creighton spokeswoman said late last week that the university has added extra security, but declined to elaborate.

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