Five People, Including Three Children Found Dead In Culpeper

A family of five, including three children, was found shot to death at their Culpeper County home.

The shootings are being treated as a murder-suicide.

Investigators said the parents had known domestic issues, but folks who knew the family tell 8 News, they never saw any warning signs that something so tragic was even possible.

“It was just a regular family to me. I did not have a thought that this would happen,” said neighbor Reggie Massie.

Massie was stunned to learn that the entire Washington family was shot and killed sometime Saturday night.

Culpeper County detectives believe the father, 35-year-old Clarence Washington did it, alleging that Washington shot and killed his 35-year-old wife Shauna, 3-year-old Omesha, 6-year-old Onya and Olivia, who was 4, before turning the gun on himself.

The Medical Examiner on the case confirmed that Shauna, Omesha, Onya and Olivia all had the same cause of death: gunshot wounds to the head in the manner of homicide. Clarence’s cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head in the manner of suicide.

The children’s grandmother discovered the bodies.

“I am really depressed over it right now. I don’t think anything’s worth taking your kids,” said Massie.

Detectives aren’t offering a motive for the murder.

Friends said Shauna Washington, the children’s mother, was a Girl Scout Troop leader and was very active with her kids’ activities.

Clarence Washington was a custodian at his daughters’ elementary school. Coworkers say he was involved in his kids’ education.

Culpeper County Schools is offering counseling to teachers and students who need it with school starting in two weeks.

Related Story: Family of Five Found Shot, Killed In Culpeper Home

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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