Family of four found dead on Father’s Day

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MATOACA, Va. - A mother, father and two children were found dead at a Chesterfield home on Father's Day. Investigators are not looking for suspects at this time and believe the deaths were the result of a triple-murder-suicide.

The family lived in a home along the 5700 block of Fox Maple Terrace, near Hampton Avenue, in the McCormick Woods subdivision.

Officers responded just after 10 p.m. Sunday to reports of gunshots in the neighborhood, police said. When police arrived they found an adult male, believed to be the father, and a child dead inside the home.

They also found a woman, believed to be the mother, dead outside the home. There was a child with the mother. That child later died at Southside Regional Medical Center.

Police have not yet released the names of the victims.

Police did confirmed the children were a two-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl.

Investigators are going door-to-door in the neighborhood asking neighbors what they saw, heard and knew about the family. Officers have asked people who knew the family to call in with information about what might have sparked Sunday's violence.

This is a developing story.


  • Ron Melancon

    Why? What pain and suffering for the rest of the families involved. The mother was trying to save her child. We as a community must grieve and then pray. We need our mental health community and our area to hopefully find what specific point that resulted in these loss of this family and try to find ways to help prevent .

  • Jennine Kinzer

    What awful news to wake up to this Monday morning. The relatives of the family have my deep sympathy. Anytime children are involved it is even more heartbreaking.

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