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A Maryland couple and their three children were found shot to death inside their home in an apparent murder-suicide that was allegedly carried out by the father, authorities said.
The deceased relatives have been identified as Marcus Milligan, 39, his wife, Tara Ricker Milligan, 37, and his children, Teresa, 14, Nora, 11, and Finn, 8.
Autopsies confirmed that all five people died of gunshot wounds, the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office said in a new statement Saturday.
According to authorities, an unidentified man called 911 Friday morning to report that a woman and three children had been shot at a home in Elk Mills, about 60 miles northeast of Baltimore.
Officers responding to the scene at Hebron Court found the father dead inside a detached garage, a semi-automatic handgun next to him.
The bodies of Ricker Milligan and her children were found throughout the house.
Authorities said there is no continuing threat to the public.
“It’s a horrible day and I know everyone’s prayers are appreciated,” Sheriff Scott Adams said during a news conference Friday. “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing from people concerned about this and upset about this.”
The sheriff did not provide a possible motive for the shooting. He said his office has no records of previous calls to the Milligan family home.
Neighbors said the family had moved to the suburb about two years ago. The Milligans’ next-door neighbor said the father had been to his house last Monday to use his printer to print a book report for his daughter.
“It was as normal as can be,” the man named Jeff told station WJZ. “There was no sign of anything.”
Those who knew the doomed family said the parents had lost their youngest son, Conor, to childhood cancer three years ago.