Ohio mom, 2 sons dead in apparent murder-suicide
- Article by: LISA CORNWELL
- Associated Press
- September 3, 2014 - 1:50 PM
CINCINNATI — A woman and her two sons died Wednesday from apparent gunshot wounds in what police suspect was a murder-suicide in southwestern Ohio.
Rachel Johnson, 32, and Daylan Johnson, 7, were dead at their home when her estranged husband called police shortly before 8 a.m., Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody said. Ayden Johnson, 10, was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the woman shot the boys and took her own life, Moody said.
The children's father, 39-year-old Arthur Johnson, had gone to the home to pick up his sons and take them to school when he found his wife and sons, Moody said. The two were separated but still parenting together, Moody said.
Moody said the woman and her sons all had gunshot wounds, but the Clark County coroner would determine the cause of death.
The police chief in the city about an hour-and-a-half drive northeast of Cincinnati said no additional information on any possible motive was available.
The two boys attended Warder Park/Wayne Elementary School, and the superintendent of the Springfield City School District said a team of psychologists and counselors were at the school on Wednesday to provide support to children, staff and parents.
Superintendent David Estrop said Ayden Johnson was in the fourth grade and Daylan was in the second grade.
"They had many friends here," said Estrop.
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