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Family of Belvidere triple murder victims say an arrest is a step forward but patience is key

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Chief Shane Woody said Smith was with Andrew Hintt, 31, and Hintt's two sons, 5 and 7, on Sunday morning.

BELVIDERE (WREX) — Family members of Andrew Hintt and his two sons, Sebastian and Benjamin, say an arrest of a person of interest in their murders marks a huge step forward in their quest to find justice. But a friend of the family says it's going to take a lot of patience and time to heal.

That's why she's collecting donations of food and items to help the family get through this tough time.

"People are actually very overwhelmed and want to help out. I had someone drop off clothes and diapers for the family a little earlier. I have more food coming on the way. I just hope it all helps the family," said Belvidere resident Heather Schultz who is also a coworker of Hintt's aunt.

Scultz says she hopes the donations will lighten the heavy burden the family bares. She says it's heart breaking to see her coworker hurting and she's grateful he police are working hard to bring justice. 

While she says she hopes the family is relieved, she knows they have a long road ahead.

"There're so many things you can do. Just to be there, be a listening shoulder, someone to cry with. If you want to donate food, someone is always willing to get the food and bring it to them," said Schultz. "As a community, it helps strengthen us and unite us better.... help us understand one another more."

Kathy Hint, grandmother of Andrew, tells 13 News the prayers offered up at Tuesday night's vigil were answered and family members are letting out a sigh of relief. Kathy went on to say that patience is hard to find during these times but key to healing.

Theresa Thompson, Andrew's aunt, says while the family is glad a person of interest in the case is in custody, nothing will be okay until charges are made for this horrific crime.

Schultz dropped off food donations to Thompson on Wednesday night.

If you have information in this case, the Belvidere Police Department ask you to call them or report an anonymous tip to the Boone County Crime Stoppers.

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Cassandra is the morning reporter for 13 News Today. She joined the WREX team in July of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a major, minor and a certificate. You can contact Cassandra at

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