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Ohio father, 44, 'shot dead his wife, 35, and three young children'' in horrific murder-suicide 

Ohio father, 44, ‘shot dead his wife, 35, their three young children and the family dog before turning the gun on himself’ in horrific murder-suicide

  • Five family members were found dead inside an Elyria, Ohio home Wednesday 
  • Police believe patriarch John Nelson, 44, shot and killed wife Robin, 35, and their three young children the previous evening
  • Neighbors reported hearing loud bangs and screaming shortly after 5pm on Tuesday, but thought the family may have been lighting fireworks
  • Relatives have remembered the Nelsons as ‘ a typical family who kept busy’
  • ‘They were in baseball and volleyball and soccer and ballet,’ cousin Ben Runyon said of the three deceased children

Police say an Ohio man shot dead his wife and three kids before turning the gun on himself in a horror-murder suicide. 

The bodies of John Nelson, 44, his spouse Robin, 35, and their three children, Gavin, 12, Brianna, 10, and Liam, six, were discovered inside their Elyria home just after 8am on Wednesday. 

The family dog was also found dead at the property.   

On Thursday, Elyria Police released a statement saying they had determined that John was the person who pulled the trigger inside the home. They did not disclose how they came to such a conclusion.  

Cops were initially called to the Nelson family home after John failed to show for work Wednesday morning and his boss became worried. 

Officer made the grisly discovery when they arrived at the address on Willow Park Road.  

Police say John Nelson shot dead his wife and three kids before turning the gun on himself in a horror-murder suicide at this home  in Elyria, Ohio

Police say John Nelson shot dead his wife and three kids before turning the gun on himself in a horror-murder suicide at this home  in Elyria, Ohio 

Neighbors told local media that they heard loud bangs and screams just after 5pm on Tuesday evening, but did not suspect anything was wrong. 

‘About 5.20pm, I heard what sounded like firecrackers going off like ‘pop pop pop pop pop,” neighbor Enetta Hubbard said to News5Cleveland.

Another neighbor, Linda Bristow,  also thought she heard firecrackers going off  and the screaming of children. 

‘Now I know why they were running around screaming,’ she told the news network. 

 Meanwhile, John Nelson’s cousin, Ben Runyon, spoke with Cleveland 19 on Thursday, and revealed that he is still trying to process the news.  

John Nelson's cousin, Ben Runyon, spoke with Cleveland 19 on Thursday, and revealed that he is still trying to process the news

John Nelson’s cousin, Ben Runyon, spoke with Cleveland 19 on Thursday, and revealed that he is still trying to process the news

‘I know they were trying to get out of this neighborhood and move out to the country somewhere and he just wanted to stay busy with the kids and keep them out of trouble so none of this is making any sense, were just lost right now,’ he stated. 

‘They were a typical family. They kept the three kids busy. They were in baseball and volleyball and soccer and ballet. There was two boys and a girl and the wife worked as a nurse and he worked down the road at a plastic bag factory and he lived here his entire life’. 

The three children attended Elyria City Schools, and the district released a statement saying that those impacted by the tragedy will be able to seek support. 

“This devastating news has deeply shaken our staff and school community. On Monday, an Elyria Schools team of counselors and social workers trained in trauma and crisis care will be available for students, parents and staff who are in need of support.”

Meanwhile, the mayor of Elyria – which is located southwest of Cleveland – also paid tribute to the Nelson family. 

‘My heart is broken for this family in particular the children. I cannot imagine the pain those close to them must feel and we send our deepest condolences and are here to support them and any of our residents who need our help,’ Mayor Frank Whitfield stated. 

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