A 43-year-old mother shared a final photo of her children eating candy canes two days before shooting them, injuring her daughter and killing her son.
Chelsee Dodd and her 10-year-old son, Trace, were pronounced dead at the scene while the 16-year-old girl was rushed to University Hospital.
Two days before the murder-suicide, Dodd shared a photo on Facebook and wrote: “May you all find PEACE in the New Year! Merry Christmas from The Dodds!”
The incident started to unfold on Thursday morning when paramedics and police were called to the home for a report of a shooting.
Cops arrived and found three people suffering from gunshot wounds, the New Braunfels Police Department said in a press release.
Preliminary results of the investigation reveal that the mother shot her children before turning the gun on herself.
As officers worked at the crime scene, the nearby Oak Run Middle School, the New Braunfels Christian Academy, and Veramendi Elementary School were placed on ‘a very brief lockdown.’
A statement from New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Randy Moczygemba, the 16-year-old girl is a student at New Braunfels High School while the 10-year-old boy was a fourth-grade student at Veramendi Elementary School.
“A crisis counseling team has been assembled at both schools and we encourage you to talk to your child about their feelings upon hearing this news,” Moczygemba wrote in a statement.
“Every child will react in different ways and we want to make sure they have the support they need.”
One person commented: “I don’t care how misbehaved a child or spouse is acting. Those innocent kids deserved to live their lives that hadn’t even had a chance to begin. What a selfish *beep*!!”
Another wrote: “There’s a whole level of sickness we can not understand, that this was the solution to the problem.”
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