A family of four is dead in what Oklahoma police believe to be a triple murder-suicide.
The family — a 41-year-old woman, a 31-year-old man and their four-year-old and two-year-old daughters — were found dead by the male victim's mother Saturday afternoon, Police Capt. Todd Enzbrenner announced at a press conference at the scene.
The woman told police she was supposed to babysit her grandchildren but was not able to reach her son or the children's mother. When she went to the family's home at the Sunburst Mobile Home Park, she discovered them dead inside.
Sand Springs police have not released the cause of death. However, Enzbrenner said "it was obvious they were deceased" when they were found, the Tulsa World reports.
According to the paper, Enzbrenner said the family's bodies were found "all over the house." Witnesses told police hours that, before the family was found dead, there was commotion heard coming from their home, which Enzbrenner described as "like furniture being thrown around."
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Counselors have been called to help police officers cope due to the graphic nature of the case.
"It's traumatic for everybody that's involved," Enzbrenner said, KOTV reports. "Our guys are professionals and they're going to do their jobs, but they're also human and they feel the pain of seeing dead children."
One neighbor told the station he hopes the community can learn a lesson from the tragedy.
"Checking on your neighbor and that kind of thing can go a long way. You never know," Matt Covington said. "Or maybe, you could save somebody's life."
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