Skip to comments.4 Children Left Alone for Days After Parents Die in Apparent Murder-Suicide
Posted on 01/07/2009 12:36:57 PM PST by FortWorthPatriot
MADRAS, Ore. A couple who hadn't been seen for three days were found dead in their locked bedroom with their crying 9-month-old daughter in an apparent murder-suicide. Three older children had been left out on their own.
The bodies of Hannah Crowe and Julian Wallulatum were discovered Saturday after the older children asked a neighbor to help.
Crowe, 26, and Wallulatum, 21, had both been shot, said police Sgt. Dennis Schneider.
A preliminary investigation showed it "appears to be a murder-suicide resulting from a domestic dispute," Detective Tanner Stanfill said in a statement. The shooting probably occurred Thursday, he said.
The statement listed Crowe as the victim. The three older children had been playing outside Thursday and Friday so nothing seemed wrong, said neighbor Andrew Smith.
But on Saturday, the kids knocked on his door, led by the oldest, an 8-year-old boy, Smith said.
"The oldest one said 'I can't wake my mom up. I can't wake my mom and dad up, 'cause I think they're still passed out, but I can see blood on my mom's leg, under the door,"' Smith told KTVZ-TV of Bend.
Smith said he went to the couple's apartment, smelled a foul odor and heard the couple's baby crying. He kicked down the locked bedroom door and found them dead in the same clothes they were wearing New Year's Eve.
The baby was beside them; her shirt stained with their blood.
"My knees, they wobbled," Smith said. "It just took it out of me. I almost fainted."
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Sad story. Did a search but found nothing on this story.
What a nightmare. Prayers go out for those poor children.
The story was on the radio yesterday, just unbelievable.
Glad to hear all the children are OK. Too often, children become victims in these domestic murders, too. May their mother rest in peace.
So sad that the 8 year old thought they were “still passed out” days later.
Being 21 with an 8 year old also caught my eye. Probably not their actual father. So sad for these kids to lose their mom this way.
"Excuse me, I'm about to murder my wife and then kill myself. Would you mind looking after my kids for me?" Some people just show no consideration at all these days.
Why do they these interviews always include some dumb neighbor comment? Just thank goodness he wasn't so drunk, stoned, angry, or whatever that he took the kids out too.
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