Police in a Colorado town have opened an investigation into what appears to be a grisly murder-suicide.
A man and a woman in their 80s and another man in his 60s were all found dead at a home in the city of Greeley on Saturday, local NBC affiliate 9News reported.
Murder-suicide leaves 3 dead
The police responded to a welfare check over concerning text messages at the 4900 block of 23rd Street Road just before 11:30 a.m.
An 83-year-old man, an 80-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man were found with gunshot wounds.
They were all pronounced dead at the scene.
The victims have not been identified, but the Weld County Coroner will publish the names in due time.
A police probe is ongoing. The investigation points to a murder-suicide at this time, the authorities said.
One can only speculate about the shooting’s details: did a disturbed son kill his parents? Did a husband kill his wife and their son? Was there a love triangle involved, perhaps?
According to psychologist Joni E Johnston, Psy.D., perpetrators of murder-suicides are almost always male, and their victims are usually wives and girlfriends.
Older perpetrators of male-suicides are often depressed, controlling husbands with ailing wives, Johnston said.
There is no national database of murder-suicides, but a study by the Violence Policy Center, a gun control group, claims that 11 murder-suicides occur nationwide every week. In 2019, there were 1,200 murder-suicides across the country.
While murder-suicides are outlier events, the national murder rate is the highest it has been since the 1990s, with 6.9 murders per 100,000 people in 2021, compared to 7.4. murders per 100,000 in 1996. The spike in violent crime has made cities all across the nation more dangerous.