Ally was just weeks away from her 4th birthday when her father apparently shot and killed her in the master bedroom of his home at 1260 Red Mountain Drive. David Heydenburg then turned the gun on himself, according to police reports. He left behind a note indicating he was angry over custody issues.
LONGMONT -- Ally Heydenburg smiles brightly from family photographs and wears her princess garb with poise and pride.
In one photo, a family dog is also crowned royalty.
Aubri Heydenburg wrote on her Facebook account. The account is private, but a family friend shared the statement with the Times-Call with permission. "I am devastated and cannot find words to express how I feel. I know you are in heaven ... forever a princess."
Aubri Heydenburg also asked for prayers that Ally "does not feel the pain of how she was taken and that she will be at peace."
Funeral arrangements are pending at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Services for the child will be private.
A memorial fund has been established to assist the family with Ally's funeral costs. Donations may be made to the Ally Heydenburg Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.
Pierrette J. Shields can be reached at 303-684-5273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Police officers called to the home on Sunday afternoon to check on the welfare of the father and daughter discovered the bodies and the note, leaving surviving family in a tailspin.
"Ally was not just part of me, but she was all of me,"