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    Oklahoma murder-suicide victims named after dad shot wife and sons before himself

    By Mataeo Smith,

    29 days ago

    Victims in an Oklahoma murder-suicide have been named after a dad shot his wife and sons before himself - with one child managing to escape.

    According to a statement from Oklahoma City police, Jonathan Candy, 42, shot and killed his wife Lindsay Candy, 39, and their three sons, Dylan, 18, Ethan, 14, and Lucas, 12, before taking his own life. An unidentified fourth child escaped the deadly incident and was returned to family. "It remains a mystery as to what caused Mr. Candy to murder his wife and three of his children," according to authorities, who added there had been no previous domestic incidents at the Yukon home.

    Police say they found five dead bodies in the Oklahoma residence after forcing their way inside. Authorities stated that all individuals had injuries consistent with homicide. "This was not a gas or fentanyl situation," responding officers said. "Very tragic, very sad situation." The relationship between the five victims is unknown at this time.

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    The house was located near Yukon, which is about 20 miles west of downtown Oklahoma City. "We're in the very early stages of the investigation," they said. Master Sgt. Gary Knight stated that police were unable to provide detailed specifics about the injuries or manner of death, but that "these people died violently."

    Superintendent Charles Bradley of the district later revealed that three of the five victims were graduates of Mustang Public Schools in 2023, one was a ninth-grade student at Mustang High School, and the other was a sixth-grader at Meadow Brook Intermediate.

    It is with a very heavy heart that I share some very sad news with all of you," Bradley said in a statement on Monday. "We confirmed that a tragedy occurred at a home within our District, and we can now confirm the deaths of two of our students (a 6th-grade student attending Meadow Brook Intermediate and a 9th-grade student attending Mustang High School) along with a recent (2023) MPS graduate.

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    "While this has been a very difficult year for the MPS Family, both students and adults may struggle with managing their feelings and reactions to this news."

    A Monday email to families stated, "We are shocked, and our hearts are broken; this tragedy simply defies understanding," according to Charles. The fact that a 10-year-old child had found the corpses and reported them to the police was mentioned by law enforcement officials in their warrant request.

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    The adult man's body was discovered with a gun on top of it, according to the authorities, prompting them to look into the possibility of a shooting murder. Neighbors are reportedly coming outside to investigate the scene on a regular basis because to the disturbing find, which has caused quite the uproar.

    "It makes you wonder what kind of activity was happening in that house," neighboring resident Edgar Felix told KOCO 5 News. "It never feels good to hear about that sort of thing happening to a young child."

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