FARGO — "They were just so loving, the best couple ever. It hurts so bad," said Helen Koffa.
Koffa is a co-worker of the two people who were shot and killed at their workplace in north Fargo on Wednesday, Nov. 17.
The Fargo Police Department is still in the process of notifying their family members, so Forum News Service is withholding the names.
They were shot and killed just after 2 p.m. inside Melet Plastics. The business specializes in engineered plastics and natural fiber compression-molded and injection-molded agricultural & industrial equipment parts.
According to the co-workers, the woman killed was 8 months pregnant and her baby did not survive.
"She couldn't wait to have her baby because that was her first child," said Pourdeye Kegbeh, another co-worker of those killed.
Kegbeh claims to have been an eyewitness to the shooting.
The co-workers say 35-year-old Anthony Reese of Moorhead got into a verbal argument with the man who was killed while they tried to fix a piece of machinery during the morning hours. It was reported to management, who fired Reese just before the shooting.
"They escorted him out; he left the building. That's when he came back with his gun (...) and started shooting," Kegbeh said.
According to the co-workers, Reese fired four shots at the man and then three shots at the pregnant woman as she tried to run away.
Police say Reese then went to the police station a few blocks away and confessed. Co-workers confirmed Reese's car was parked out in front of the police station.
The two co-workers say the workplace will never be the same.
"They were very caring, loving, they'd make the day go by fast, (they) made the workplace a fun place to be at," said the co-workers.
Reese could be formally charged with two counts of murder as early as Thursday.
He is registered as a low-risk sex offender.
Dating back 10 years, he's had several convictions in Stearns and Benton counties in Minnesota.
His convictions include criminal sexual conduct, assault and domestic assault, and violation of a protection order, along with drug charges, both possession and sale.
Online court records also indicate Reese was convicted in 2015 for illegal possession of a firearm. He got a five-year prison sentence for that charge.