Mother of 6

One day last month, El Tanya Conover’s mother asked her about the bruised lip, bruised face, skinned up knee and other injuries she had. “She said she woke up like that and didn’t know what happened. She had a blackout, and next thing she knew, she woke up on the floor, all sore and beat up.”

El Tanya, 29, had been married to her husband for 5 years and was the mother of 6 kids, ages 1 to 9 years of age. On August 3, about 3:45 am there was a fire at El Tanya’s home. Luckily, the children were all staying with their grandmother that night.

El Tanya’s husband Aaron Conover, 32, was injured when he jumped from a story window of the home. He was taken to the hospital with non-fire related injuries. After firefighters put out the fire, they found the body of El Tanya in a second floor bedroom.

Conover told police that two intruders broke into the home, one armed with a stick or a bat and the other with a gun. They demanded money and “smacked” El Tanya around, then took $200 from her purse. They also beat Conover unconcious. He says he regained conciousness when his feet started feeling hot, and the bedroom was on fire. He managed to escape by jumping out of the 2 nd floor window. He told investigators he had no problems with his wife, and he had nothing to do with the fire in the home.

Detectives found no signs of forced entry in the home, and no conclusive evidence the bedroom door had been kicked in as Conover had stated. Fire investigators found that the fire had begun in 2 or three different areas in the home. Fire investigators ruled it an arson. But the medical examiner says that La Tanya didn’t die from the fire. Cause of death was ruled strangling and blunt force trauma.

Police arrested Aaron Conover Friday and he was charged with the murder of La Tanya Conover.  Police say that he has confessed to the murder.

The 6 grandchildren are now in the care of their grandmother.

It was up to the grandmother to tell the children, what no grandparent should ever have to say. That their mother, her daughter was dead. “We’re just going to have to cuddle up together and cry to together.” She raised her children. Now in the midst of her grief over the loss of her daughter, she is taking on 6 more children. She will have to be not just their grandmother, she will have to become their guardian, and act as their parent.

6 kids, ages 1-9 years of age. Very young. Several won’t remember their mother. Several won’t understand what death really means. Mostly what the kids will understand is that their mother is not there for them and that they need her.

Starting a fire. Often tried as a way to destroy evidence. But not all the evidence will be destroyed, forensics is pretty advanced these days. And the very act of starting a fire creates more evidence to tell investigators what happened.



  1. cathy said,

    August 7, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    How very sad…I hope these children will get to stay together with their grandmother.

  2. August 8, 2006 at 1:48 am

    The children were with her the night of the murder, from what I read was in regular contact with her, and they were with her after the murder, and I believe the court will look at all of that.

  3. Lynn said,

    August 19, 2006 at 2:28 am

    I happen to know that Aaron had one other child age 11. I knew him personally when we were teenagers. His other child (a daughter) I see everyday. She doesn’t know all the details but she does know he is in jail. The sad thing is that she had not seen her father in years so she doesn’t even know her siblings. The children always suffer in these things.

  4. August 19, 2006 at 2:52 am

    Yes, it is sad when with the breakup of family’s the kids don’t get to know their own siblings. If Aaron is out of the picture, I wonder if the mother would consider letting her know her siblings now?

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