Monday, July 19, 2010

GA Man Kills Wife, Son, Self

On Friday night, an Early County, Georgia man shot his wife and two children, then himself.

Matthew Lowell Justice, 37, shot his wife, 36-year-old Amy Lynn Justice, and their two children late Friday night, Mark Pro, assistant special agent in charge with the GBI, told the Associated Press.

Matthew Lowell Justice died from his wounds at the scene of the shooting, which took place in the family's Early County home, north of Blakely, Capt. Will Caudill with the sheriff's office said. Amy Lynn Justice was transported to Early Memorial Hospital in Blakely, where she died, Caudill said.

The couple's 14-year-old son, whose name is not being released due to his age, was taken to a Dothan, Ala., hospital, Caudill said.

He died Saturday afternoon, Pro with the GBI said.

The 11-year-old girl was treated and released from a local hospital, he said.

The couple were both teachers and were well-known in the community. Matthew (the perpetrator) was actively involved in their church's praise choir. Investigators are hoping the 11-year-old will be able to shed some light on what happened.

The past few days have seen a rash of murder suicides across the country including Michigan, Texas, California, Illinois, Connecticut, and two in Georgia.

The whole Justice family, but especially the young survivor, are in our thoughts and prayers along with all of the families who have lost loved ones this week.

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