• December 6, 2023

[TRAGIC] Family Of Five Shot Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide


There is gruesome news, then there is this type of news. Something so horrific it makes you want to check in on your own family, just to make sure that they are safe. In the world we live in, there is so much sadness. How could something like this even happen? How were the signs missed?

The reporteronline reports:

Authorities in Berks County say a family of five — including three young children — is dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

The gruesome discovery was made Saturday afternoon when authorities responded to a Sinking Spring home to check on the family after the mother failed to show up for a lunch date.

The bodies of Mark Short Sr., 40, his wife Megan, 33, and their three children Lianna, 8, Mark, 5, and Willow, 2, were found in the living room by police approximately 2 p.m. The family dog was also found dead.

All died of gunshot wounds. A handgun was discovered near one of the deceased adults, according to the Berks County District Attorney’s Office. Authorities did not reveal who they believe was the shooter.

“This is an apparent tragic domestic incident,” Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families at this difficult time. This investigation is ongoing.”

An autopsy for Mark Short was scheduled for Monday afternoon by Dr. Neil Hoffman. In addition, the Berks County District Attorney’s Forensic Unit is conducting forensic analysis of the physical evidence.

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