4 dead in apparent murder-suicide near Irmo

, cwinston@thestate.comJanuary 15, 2014 

An investigator enters a home where two adults and two children were killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Forest Walk Court near Irmo on Wednesday.

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— A husband, wife and their two young children are dead following an apparent murder-suicide near Irmo, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

The four were found Wednesday morning after police were called around 10:30 to the home at 1 Forest Walk Court in the Riverwalk neighborhood off Broad River Road.

The children were discovered in their individual bedrooms, and the two adults were found together in their bedroom, said Sgt. Curtis Wilson, spokesman for Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Each of the four was shot in the upper body, he said.

A handgun was found near the adult male, Wilson said. The sheriff’s department’s initial assessment is that the incident was a domestic situation. Wilson said authorities would investigate whether any previous domestic violence calls had been made to the house.

The mother of the adult male had not heard from her son in a couple of days, went to the house, discovered the bodies and called authorities, Wilson said.

Wilson said authorities are working to determine when the incident took place.

Rachel Hinson, 25, said she had gone to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with the family and described them as a good family.

Hinson’s grandmother lives near the family’s house.

“It’s confusing, and it’s not understandable why something like that would happen,” Hinson said.

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