DES MOINES — The Iowa Capitol's flag has been lowered to honor a former legislative page who was killed with her husband in Nebraska.

The flag was lowered Monday, on what have would have been Victoria Vargas' 26th birthday.

Vargas and her 30-year-old husband, Gabino Vargas of Omaha, were found dead on Dec. 9 in a mobile home near the northeast Nebraska town of Ewing.

Police say they had been shot, and the home was set on fire. Police have charged Victoria's ex-boyfriend, Matthew Hinrichsen, with arson and two counts of first-degree murder.

Victoria Vargas, whose maiden name was Victoria Lee, served as a page in the Iowa Senate eight years ago. She also was elected to the Missouri Valley city council at age 19.

— AP

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