FREDERICKSON, WA (KCPQ/CNN) – A Washington community is in shock and disbelief after police said a father killed his entire family and then himself.
"It's a tragedy that's all you can really say," said neighbor Jeff Donaldson.
Investigators said a mother and her two children, a 4-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy, were all shot to death in their own beds early Tuesday morning.
The father then texted his family about what he had done before calling 911. Investigators said he told dispatchers he planned to kill himself.
Officers arrived to the Pierce County home to found everyone inside dead.
Investigators have learned the couple may have been facing a possible divorce, and the father and has had prior mental health issues.
"He had a past incident that mentioned suicide so he may have been being treated for that," said Det. Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
Neighbors said the family kept to themselves for the past year since moving in.
Now some wonder what could have been done to avoid the tragedy.
"I think it's horrifying, it's tragic that there's really there's ex-military, or current military, that's hurting so bad that when things don't process in their brains properly that they're left with an option of killing their family,” said former property owner Daine Patton.
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