Tuesday: Florida mother kills 4 children, then herself

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. – A mother killed her four children Tuesday, calling three of them back into her home to fatally shoot them before turning a gun on herself, police said. (USAToday)

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According to time.com: Thirty-three-year-old Tonya Thomas fatally shot her four children, who ranged in age from 12 to 17, said Lt. Tod Goodyear, a spokesman for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. AP video:

The NYT reported that a spokesman for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said that at one point during the early morning, three of the woman’s children had gone to a neighbor’s house to say that their mother had shot them. Moments later, the neighbor said, Ms. Thomas, 33, emerged from her house and called her children to come back home.

A post at latimes.com reports: The neighbors tried to stop the kids from returning home, according to Brevard County Sheriff’s Lt. Tod Goodyear. But the kids walked back obediently. And once inside, Thomas apparently shot and killed them.

According to cbsnews.com: Another neighbor told deputies that Thomas sent a text message in the middle of the night saying she wanted to be cremated with her children.

tcpalm.com post reports: The Port St. John shootings were the single worst instance of multiple homicides to take place in Brevard County since the April 1987 shootings in Palm Bay involving William Cruse. Cruse killed six people, including two Palm Bay police officers, during a shooting spree.

Updates from baynews9.com



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