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http://news.yahoo.com/4-bodies-found-utah-home-apparent-murder-suicide-143041448.html

ROY, Utah (AP) — A Utah man shot and killed his wife and two young children before turning the gun on himself on Father's Day, stunning neighbors and relatives who said the family missed an outing that day but otherwise showed no outward signs that anything was amiss.

The wife's brother found their bodies Sunday night after going to check on the family at their home on a quiet, suburban street in Roy, a city of about 38,000 roughly 30 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Police identified the family as Russell Smith, 29; his wife, Shawna Smith, 26; and their children, 6-year-old daughter Tylee and 2-year-old son Blake.

Police believe Russell Smith shot the others and himself, said Lt. Kevin Smith, who is not related to the family. Investigators talked to family members and were trying to uncover a motive.

Sheila Pruitt, Shawna Smith's mother, said her son-in-law had hunting weapons, but there were no signs of violence before the deaths. The family was supposed to go over to his parents' house Sunday but never made it, said Pruitt, who lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Why can't these people leave their families out of it when they decide to kill themselves?


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Why can't these people leave their families out of it when they decide to kill themselves?

No kidding. How utterly senseless.


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