Benefit planned for children of Anahuac couple who died on Christmas Eve

Members of the Anahuac community are organizing benefits for the children of Matthew Kline and Dominique Schliske, who died on Dec. 24, in an apparent murder-suicide.

A benefit is being held Jan. 19 in Anahuac to help four children who were orphaned in an apparent murder-suicide on Christmas Eve.

Matthew Allen Kline, 28, reportedly shot and killed his wife, Dominique Schliske, 26, as she slept in the master bedroom of their home on FM 2041 in Anahuac. According to the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, Kline’s body was found on the floor next to the bed with what detectives believe was a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.

The couple leaves behind four children – ages 3, 4, 6 and 8.

All proceeds from the benefit will go toward the upkeep and care of the children once they are permanently placed with relatives, said Kari Perry, benefit organizer.

A community garage sale will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8 a.m. to dusk. The location is still being determined.

On the following Saturday, Jan. 19, a second benefit will be held at the Chambers County Wellness Center, located directly facing the Bayside Hospital on Main St. in Anahuac, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chicken and gumbo sausage will be sold for $8 per bowl. The meal comes with either rice or potato salad, a drink and dessert.

A silent auction will take place throughout the Jan. 19 event with the highest bidders announced at 2 p.m. Some of the items up for bids are Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo tickets, signed Pittsburgh Steeler memorabilia, blankets, Xbox 360, hand-carved signs and baked goods. A cake walk will also be held.

Keith Kire will play an acoustic set at the benefit.

Live music provided by two local performers will entertain guests. Keith Kire, the lead singer for Honkytonk Special, will perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30, and from 1:30 until the end of the benefit. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Keely Salyers, a country singer from Anahuac, will perform.

Anyone wishing to donate items for the garage sale, bake sale or silent auction is asked to contact Perry at 409-267-1067.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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