Roommate: Victims made online hook-ups for money

Brooke Slocum and Charles Oppenneer (courtesy photos)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) – Police continue to look through the house where the suspect in the killings of Charlie Oppenneer, his girlfriend Brooke Slocum and their unborn child lived.

Police aren’t saying what happened at the home on Taft Avenue near Porter Street in Wyoming, but said Brady Oestrike first made contact with the couple on Craigslist.

The couple’s roommate, McKenzi Hallo, said Slocum would use the site to meet people for sex in exchange for money.

“She told me that Charlie would sometimes have her get on Craigslist or whatever, if not she would post something for him or he would just always take her,” said Hallo.

She said she isn’t sure how often this would happen.

“She said, you know, they would go and meet up and stuff and normally they would do stuff in the car. And Charlie would just either sit in the front seat and wait, or he joined,” said Hallo.

But Oppenneer’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two children, Allecia Avery, said it’s not true.

“We’ve heard that Charlie forced her to sell herself on Craigslist and that’s not true. She was posting ads before she even met Charlie,” said Avery.

Avery said that Oppenner never did anything like that to her.

“No, never and that’s why I know it’s not true. If I’ve known him for five year, I would have known that part of him. And it’s not who he is,” said Avery. “He was happy just being a dad, being a family. That’s all he wanted.”

Avery spoke with 24 Hour News 8 because she said she wanted people to know the real Charlie Oppenner, the man who loved playing soccer and his kids.

“It hurts. Especially knowing that one day I have to try to explain to my kids why they don’t have a dad. And I’m just hoping that when that day comes none of this is public. They don’t need to see that. They just need to know the good, the parts that were really him.”

An online fund has been created to help support Oppenner’s children.

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