5 Shot Dead in Delaware Home Including 3 Kids Under 8 Years of Age
PRICES CORNER, DELAWARE – July 12, 2018
Julie Barton Edwards, 41, and her 6-year-old son Jacob, 4-year-old daughter Brinley and 3-year-old son Paxton, were found shot dead in the second floor of their home Monday night, Delaware State Police said.
The preliminary investigation began on Monday, July 9, at approximately 7:53 p.m., when troopers responded to the 2700 block of Ferris Road. Upon arrival, troopers discovered five deceased individuals with apparent gunshot wounds.
Edwards' husband, Matthew Edwards, 42, was also found dead in the home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Police ruled their deaths as "murder-suicide by gunshot."
According to police, Matthew Edwards sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A neighbor, who asked not to appear on camera, says Matthew Edwards approached him Sunday afternoon complaining of problems at work and home.
"Lost his job recently. He had to relocate to Virginia and remain there for months at a time—not come home. He said he and his wife were having a little bit of marital problems," the neighbor told FOX 29.
Records show Matthew Edwards bought the 2-story house—built in the 30s—in 2006. Neighbors say he lived alone until his marriage and the arrival of his children.
Julie Edwards’ social media profiles suggest she was a dedicated mother involved in charitable efforts for the disabled.
"I never thought this would happen to them," Brianna Horney, 38, a friend of Julie Edwards, told ABC News Wednesday.
"Julie lived for her kids. They were her life, her world. She was the type of friend who would stop and help whenever she could," Horney told reporters, "especially in the special needs community."
Both Edwards' son and Horney's daughter have rare genetic disorders that united the women over the last seven years. The oldest Edwards child, Jacob, had Williams syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects many parts of the body, including appearance and intellectual ability, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Delaware Online reports.
Matthew did not appear to have a criminal history in Delaware, according to a review of court records Tuesday.
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The Delaware State Police homicide unit is investigating.