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Mother of man suspected in murder-suicide: 'It's disgusting'

Mother of man suspected in murder-suicide: 'It's disgusting'

(Source: Family) (Source: Family)


The mother of the man suspected of killing his family in a murder-suicide is speaking out. The tragedy in Culpeper has shaken the community. 

"He was my son," said Clarence Washington's mother who chose only to be identified as Barbara. "I gave birth to him." 

The distraught mother and grandmother is still coming to grips with the death or her son and his entire family in an apparent murder-suicide. 

"It's satanic," said Barbara. "It's demonic. It's filthy. It's disgusting, and it needs to stop."

Clarence Washington and his wife Shauna were found dead by Shauna's mother around 10 p.m. Sunday night at their home. 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.

"They didn't deserve to live like this or die like this," said Barbara.

Culpeper deputies believe Barbara's son killed his wife and his three children before taking his own life at their home.

"I don't know what was said at the last minute to make him do this because I wasn't here," said Barbara. "Innocent kids lost their lives because of it."

Complete strangers stopped by the home Monday to bring flowers and balloons.

"I just feel so God awful for the family," said concerned neighbor Deborah Hines. "I have children. I really feel bad."

The family says Washington was a loving father.

"Everybody loved him," said Clarence's brother-in-law Danny Skinner. "Everybody knew if you had a problem you can go to Clarence. He worked multiple jobs for years. He was just a good guy."

Danny cautions to wait for law enforcement to complete their investigation.

"It may look like a duck," said Skinner. "But if the forensics say something different you don't know until they get all of the fine tuning done."

Shauna's family seems to agree.

"We have nothing bad to say about Clarence," said Shauna's family member Catina Yates. "We love him. He loved us. It's devastating."

Barbara hopes other families will learn from their tragedy.

"Maybe somebody else can save their kids in the process if they know how and see how bad this problem is," said Barbara. "Domestic violence...It's satanic violence."

The family's church is organizing a prayer service for the entire community. It will be held at St. Steven's Baptist Church this Wednesday at 7PM.

Shauna was a girl scout leader. The troop released the following statement:


Our hearts and prayers go out to the Washington extended family and the Girl Scout community in Culpeper County. Shauna was a beloved and well-known Girl Scout Leader in the Culpeper community. We are working with local volunteers in contacting the two troops that Shauna was a leader of: Daisy Troop 623 and Cadette Troop 2025. We are working with the other members of both troops to ensure they have the support they need. We are currently arranging for grief counseling and support for the girls, parents and various adult volunteers during this difficult time. 

Jennifer Pfister, 
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council

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