Sheriff: 3 kids, 2 adults killed in Culpeper murder-suicide - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Sheriff: 3 kids, 2 adults killed in Culpeper murder-suicide

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Shauna Washington with her daughters, 4-year-old Olivia, 6-year-old Oniya and 13-year-old Onesha. (Source: Washington Family) Shauna Washington with her daughters, 4-year-old Olivia, 6-year-old Oniya and 13-year-old Onesha. (Source: Washington Family)
Clarence and Shauna Washington with their daughters, 4-year-old Olivia and 6-year-old Oniya. (Source: Washington Family) Clarence and Shauna Washington with their daughters, 4-year-old Olivia and 6-year-old Oniya. (Source: Washington Family)
(Source: Culpeper Sheriff's Office) (Source: Culpeper Sheriff's Office)
Sheriff units stand outside the home where five people were found shot and killed in Culpeper (Source: NBC12) Sheriff units stand outside the home where five people were found shot and killed in Culpeper (Source: NBC12)
CULPEPER, VA (WWBT) -

Culpeper sheriffs believe a father killed his wife and his three children before taking his own life at their home.

Clarence Washington and his wife Shauna were found dead by Shauna's mother around 10 p.m. Sunday night at their home on Rixeyville Road. She also found their three children, 4-year-old Olivia, 6-year-old Oniya and 13-year-old Omesha, dead inside. All five had been shot, according to the Culpeper Sheriff's Office, but the Medical Examiners office will confirm the cause of death.

Culpeper County Schools say Omesha was a student at Culpeper Middle School and Oniya attended Sycamore Elementary. 
 
"My aunt was a great mother, girl scout leader, active in the church, helped with the kid's choir," says Tori Minor. The Washington sister were her cousins.  "It's just a shock, numb feeling.  I would never in a million years thought my uncle was capable of that." 
 
Family say Omesha played the clarinet in the Culpeper Middle School band.  Her best friend was her cousin.  "She made me feel comfortable, I never felt comfortable around anybody else," says Dadrianna Minor.  Oniya went to Sycamore Elementary.  All three girls sang in the church choir. "They were like any other family, they loved each other, they were happy," says Tori.

Investigators have recovered the murder weapon and say the community is not in any danger. 

Sheriffs say the last contact with the family came around 5 p.m. Saturday when they were with other family members. Investigators say there was a domestic dispute around that time, but authorities were never called.

Sheriffs were called Sunday to perform a welfare check at the home, but no one answered and they saw no reason to enter. Shauna's mother went to the home later because she hadn't heard from the family, but couldn't get in. She broke in through a window and discovered the bodies.  

"We have nothing bad to say about Clarence, we love him, he loved us," says Catina Yates, a relative of Shauna Washington.

The Culpeper County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police are at the scene collecting evidence.

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