Sheriff identifies victims; children were adopted, home-schooled

  • Sheriff identifies victims; children were adopted, home-schooled

Sheriff identifies victims; children were adopted, home-schooled

A stay-at-home mother from Tennessee has shot to death her four adopted children and then herself in what officials are calling a murder-suicide.

According to CBS affiliate WTVF, four of the bodies were children. He identified the dead as 55-year-old Cynthia Collier, 14-year-old Bo Li, 14-year-old Meigan Lin, 15-year-old Lia Lin and 17-year-old Kaileigh Lin. The boy was 14-years-old. Authorities said the mother died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

The mother home-schooled her children, with sheriff's deputies saying a note found at the scene had let them to believe it was a murder-suicide. "And of course the first responders. we see gruesome scenes regularly, but this one, this is not one you see every day". The Maury County Fire Department says it responded to a report of a shooting at the home that night and alerted law enforcement.

"I'd ask our community to lift the rest of this family and friends up in prayer", Sheriff Rowland said.

"We don't believe we have a suspect at large at this time, but we are going to be thorough with this investigation", he said, reported the Columbia Daily-Herald.