• Mother kills son, then herself, in Pennsylvania
  • 3 murder-suicide cases in just over a month
  • Investigations ongoing

In what appears to be a case of murder-suicide, a mother and her 14-year-old son were found dead with gunshot wounds at their home in Milton, Pennsylvania. The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday (June 10).

According to the Northumberland County police, the woman, identified as the 58-year-old Brenda Hurst, and her minor son, they have not disclosed identity, were found dead at their property on Philips Road.

Investigators from the state police said that Hurst shot her son before turning the gun on herself.

It is still unclear what led Hurst into committing this horrific crime.

According to a spokesman, the juvenile’s name will not be released as it is the department’s policy. Authorities have also not released information regarding if the shooting occurred inside or outside the building.

Northumberland County Coroner James F. Kelley has referred all inquiries relating to the incident to the state police.

Authorities have released no further information regarding the incident as this is an ongoing investigation.

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In a similar incident of murder-suicide earlier this week, a father in Mesquite, Texas, shot and killed his two teenage daughters before killing himself. A preliminary investigation revealed that the 16- and 17-year-old girls died of multiple gunshot wounds. Their 63-year-old father was also found dead at the home with a gunshot wound to the head. The identities of the suspect and the victims were not released. It is still unknown why the man committed such a heinous crime. The investigation is still ongoing.

In another apparent murder-suicide, reported from Madison, Wisconsin this time, a former dentist and church officer shot and killed his ailing wife before killing himself. On May 4, the 86-year-old J. William “Bill” Walker fatally shot his wife, identified as Carolyn M. Walker, who suffered from a heart condition, twice in her torso. He then turned the gun on himself and shot twice into his own torso. A live-in caregiver, appointed to take care of Carolyn, witnessed the incident. According to the police, the witness helped the investigators in unraveling the details into the slaying.