Five members of a family who were found dead in their home in a Minneapolis suburb died of gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide, the police said Friday.
The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department said the bodies were found at the home in Greenwood, Minn., the day before, when officers carried out a welfare check in response to reports that the family’s three teenage children had not been in school for two days.
Michael Siitari, the department’s interim police chief, said in a phone interview Friday that the authorities had not released the names of the victims, but a post on the father’s work website confirmed that he and his family had died.
An employee of the site, Allnurses.com, said in a posting that the victims were Brian Short, the website’s founder, his wife and three children. The posting said there were few other details in the case.
“No matter what the details are, the results are still the same,” it said, “a very tragic loss for the extended families, friends, co-workers, and this nursing community.”
Four of the family members were found in their bedrooms, the police said Friday; the husband and father was found in the home’s garage. A weapon was recovered at the scene, but the authorities were unable to determine who shot whom.
Those who knew the family struggled to reconcile the grim news with the public appearance of a family that seemed placid and privileged.
Jodie Gorence, a former neighbor, described the family in an interview with WCCO television as “wealthy people that were down to earth.” A family friend, Dave Smits, said he hadn’t heard from Mr. Short in several days; he was worried after a text message he sent on Sunday went unanswered.
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SOURCE: NY Times, Katie Rogers