At age 12, his parents were found dead in an apparent double murder-suicide in Chester County – CBS Philly

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (CBS) — Two adults and a child were found dead in a home in East Marlborough Township in what authorities believe was an apparent double murder-suicide. Police found the bodies after 8 a.m. Monday during a welfare check at the Federal Walk home in Kennett Square.

Investigators said a 55-year-old man, a 50-year-old woman and their 12-year-old child were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

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“The loss of three lives, I mean, is a tragedy that there really are no words to describe,” said Dr Dolly Wideman-Scott.

Police say a semi-automatic handgun was found near the man’s body. Several bullet casings were found at the scene.

According to the police, there was a history of domestic violence.

“Devastating. The whole community, the family. I know the family is grieving,” Dr. Wideman-Scott said.

Wideman-Scott is the executive director of the Chester County Domestic Violence Center. She says Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states where every county has a domestic violence resource center. She encourages people to use it.

“No one has the right to take power and control over another individual,” she said.

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In a statement, Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said, “This is an inconceivable tragedy for the victims’ families, loved ones and our community. You have my deepest sympathy. We will use all of our resources to determine why this heartbreaking and senseless incident occurred.

East Marlborough Township Police Chief Robert Clarke said they are looking into what led up to the incident.

“While residents may feel uncomfortable in light of this event, I assure everyone that community safety is our number one priority,” Clarke said.

Authorities have not identified any of those involved.

The investigation remains active and ongoing and is being carried out by Chester County detectives and East Marlborough Police.

Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact either Detective Christine Bleiler at 610-344-6866 or Sgt. Kevin Urbany at 610-444-5075.

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CBS3’s Jasmine Payoutte and Wakisha Bailey contributed to this report.

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