CALIFORNIA — It is with great sadness that we have to report that a family of four were killed in a suspected murder-suicide that appears to have been committed by a father in Santa Clarita Friday morning, according to authorities.
Those killed were identified by friends as 51-year-old Michael Birnkrant, his 47-year-old wife, Amy, and their two children — daughter Drew who is in her early 20s and an 11-year-old son, KTLA 5 reports.
Photos posted on daughter Drew Birnkrant’s social media accounts showed her with her younger brother, the friends confirmed.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies went to the house in Santa Clarita — about 35 miles north of downtown L.A. — early Friday after getting a call from someone concerned about the family, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Rodney Moore said
The shooting “appears to be a murder-suicide in which the husband shot and killed three individuals and then turned the gun on himself,” Moore said.
Moore said investigators are not looking for a suspect and there was no indication of a break-in. Officials are still investigating if a motive could possibly be behind the slayings, KTLA 5 reported.
According to investigators, the family members were found shot in the chest, with the gun discovered close to Michael’s body, Fox News reported.
“It’s devastating to know of anybody doing this, let alone a neighbor,” said Sandy Barajas, who lives nearby. “Heartbreaking … those children are gone. they’re gone. That family, a family of four … they’re gone.”
Rest in peace.
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