Two children find two women who died when they returned home after school.
This terrific crime scene happened in the Cedarbrook section of Philadelphia.
According to the Acting Police Commissioner Christine Coulter, this scene has been ruled a murder-suicide.
The two juveniles were aged 12 years old and six years old.
The children discovered the bodies when they reached home after school, at around 3:30 pm on Monday along the 8400 blocks of Cedarbrook Avenue.
The dead women were reportedly 38 and 50 years old.
They were found unresponsive, with their heads brutally wounded.
The duo was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the investigators, the duo had gunshot wounds to the head and chest.
Moreover, two bullet shell casings and a handgun near both bodies were also found.
Aminata Simbo, the neighbor, said, “It’s tragic. I can’t imagine what the boys are going through to come home and walk into something like that.”
In the statement given by another neighbor, Cynthia Nottingham said, “A friend of mine told me they ran into some children that were crying, and they ran back to the crossing guard to tell them that their parents were dead.”
The exact time of the shooting is not yet known, and for how long the duo was dead before being found is still to discover.
Following the investigation, detectives said they’re not ruling out a murder-suicide.
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said, “Preliminary, it doesn’t appear that anyone broke into the property. There was no forced entry. The property does not appear to have been ransacked. There does not appear to be a sign of struggle.”
Another neighbor, Roland Johnson, reported that he saw the 38-year-old victim just 24 hours earlier.
Johnson said, “I spoke to her, she’s always got a friendly smile, no hint of anything being wrong, though.”
To determine the exact cause of robbery, police are still waiting for the autopsy.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.