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  • Relatives come to grips with tragedy

  • Lauren "Bernice" Reed's life was shattered on her 29th birthday Monday when she learned her sister, three young nephews and a 2-year-old niece were slain in Medford.
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  • Lauren "Bernice" Reed's life was shattered on her 29th birthday Monday when she learned her sister, three young nephews and a 2-year-old niece were slain in Medford.
    Reed, of Phoenix, Ariz., fought back tears as she described how Tabasha Paige-Criado, whom she called "Basha," was her best friend. Paige-Criado had left a message Saturday wondering whether they could somehow see each other to celebrate Reed's birthday.
    She texted Reed photos because she was going out to a Ying Yang Twins concert at the Venue Civic Center in Medford and had dressed for the occasion.
    "She called me, and I never even called her back," said Reed, who couldn't afford to travel to Medford. "I didn't even get to leave my niece a message."
    Paige-Criado and her children, Elijah, 7, Isaac, 6, Andrew, 5, and Aurora, 2, died from a combination of stab wounds and smoke inhalation Monday morning after being pulled from their burning west Medford home.
    Police suspect the father, Jordan Criado, stabbed his family then set the house on fire.
    Criado is recovering from smoke inhalation and is in critical condition at Rogue Valley Medical Center.
    Reed said she blames herself for not recognizing how troubled her sister's relationship with Jordan Criado had become.
    "There are so many gaps," she said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "I ask myself, 'If you were the closest to me, why didn't I know all this?'"
    Paige-Criado's family members are grappling with the loss of their sister, niece and nephews as Jackson County reels from the worst mass killing in its history. Paige-Criado has five brothers and sisters who share the same mother, but have different fathers.
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