Update: Minnesota father kills wife, 3 children, and self in apparent murder-suicide
On Thursday, a Minnetonka, Minnesota man shot and killed his wife and three children before killing himself. The shotgun was found near his body at the family's multi-million dollar house.
After Brian Short's coworkers noted that Brian hadn't been to work in several days, police discovered the bodies of Brian Short, his wife Karen Short, his 17-year-old son Cole Short, 15-year-old daughter Madison Short and 14-year-old daughter Brooklyn Short scattered throughout their home. The wife and three children were found in their bedrooms while Brian was found in the garage. According to the police, all of the victims suffered "traumatic injuries."
Friends of Brian Short say that the registered nurse, who founded the website allnurses.com, was a reliable, down-to-earth, seemingly normal person. They said that everyone in the family was kind and welcoming.
All three of Brian's children were students at Minnetonka High School. About 20 guidance counselors were brought to the school on Friday to help students.
Principal Jeff Erickson said that the school had a moment of silence for the family during morning announcement. The school also emailed a statement to parents Thursday night that reads:
"Our Minnetonka High School family is devastated by the tragic deaths of a family in our community. Because we are a close-knit community, this is will be very upsetting for students, parents and staff alike."
The statement was released before police revealed that Brian Short committed the murder-suicide.
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