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Family suffers another tragedy

The family of Central Point murder victim Kerry Repp faces more loss after hearing of her first husband's death at the hands of a hit-and-run driver last week.

Struck by a car while he was walking along U.S. Highway 101 in Coos County, Shane Christopher Deskins, 29, of Coos Bay, died on New Year's Day. Deskins had moved from the Medford area to Coos Bay in September 2003 with his and Kerry's 8-year-old son.

It's just devastating for a little boy, said Kerry Repp's mother, JoeAnn Johnson of Medford. He's lost his father and his mother, and it's just really rough.

Police Tuesday arrested 39-year-old Robert C. Knorr of Coos Bay in connection with Deskins' death. He was lodged in the Coos County Jail without bail on charges of failing to perform the duties of a driver involved with a felony collision. Tips from the public led investigators to Knorr, who turned himself over to police.

Investigators said Deskins was struck by a car while walking near the intersection of Wildwood Road and Highway 101, about eight miles north of North Bend. Police said they had received calls before the accident about Deskins walking along the road, but they did not locate him. He died sometime between — a.m and 4:40 a.m.

— I thought 'No, it can't be. Not again.' Johnson said.

It's been a year and a half since their daughter's death ' Johnson and her husband, Ron, have cared on and off for the son of Deskin and Kerry Repp. The trial of Kerry's accused killer, her second husband, Gary Marvin Repp Jr., is scheduled to start Feb. 3.

Kerry Repp, 29, was found dead in her Central Point home on May 4, 2002. Gary Repp, 35, has remained in the Jackson County Jail without bail since his arrest on May 15, 2002.

Kerry and Deskins were married in 1994 but divorced two years later. Deskins had since been remarried and was engaged at the time of his death.

Born in Phoenix, Deskins was a long-time resident of Jackson County before moving to Coos Bay, where he opened an upholstery business. Deskins graduated from Eagle Point High School and formerly worked in the Rogue Valley's trucking industry.

Deskins is survived by his parents, Stephen and Dottie Deskins, Eagle Point; sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Jeff Boren, Central Point; grandparents Don and Lucy Snow, Eagle Point; two sons and one daughter.

Deskins' family planned to scatter his ashes todayat Shore Acres State Park in Coos Bay, according to an obituary printed in the The World newspaper.

Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 776-4487, or e-mail