For the second time in less than a week, an entire family has been found shot to death, apparently the victims of a murder-suicide by a distraught father.
Whitehall, Ohio, Police responded to a call around 2 p.m. Wednesday and found the bodies of Mark Meeks, 51; his wife, Jennifer Dallas-Meeks, 40; and children Jimmy, 5, and Abbigail, 8.
"We're confirming all four victims had gunshot wounds, and a gun was found at the scene," Sgt. Dan Kelso said.
As in the Los Angeles murder-suicide case, authorities say this incident also involved a suicide note. They declined, however, to reveal the contents of the letter. Police believe that Meeks shot his wife and two children and then himself, Kelso said.
"Out of respect for the family, detectives are not releasing the actual motive, but it's not financial, and he was employed," Kelso said.
Officials at Immke Northwest Honda, where Meeks was a service manager, confirmed that he was a current employee.
"We as a dealership decline to comment on this devastating tragedy, except to say that all of us here at Immke Northwest Honda are very sad and our condolences go out to the family," Tom Spicer, vice president of operations, said.
On Tuesday, the bodies of Ervin Antonio Lupoe, his wife and five children were found in their Los Angeles-area home after Lupoe faxed a letter to a local television station explaining that he and his wife had lost their jobs and felt it was better to end their lives.