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Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
Wilmington – The Delaware State Police are releasing the names of individuals that were found deceased in their residence last night.
The individuals have been identified as 42-year-old Matthew Edwards and his wife 41 year-old Julie Edwards, the children included; a 6 year-old boy, 4 year-old girl and 3 year-old boy. The victims were located inside the home deceased, all from an apparent gunshot wound. Matthew Edwards sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The individuals have been turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science where autopsies were performed and have ruled the deaths to be murder/suicide by gunshot.
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