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US police say Irish mum is chief suspect as family of four are shot dead in Nevada murder-suicide

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School: Damonte Ranch High in Reno where Adam (17) and Michael Huber (16) were students

School: Damonte Ranch High in Reno where Adam (17) and Michael Huber (16) were students

School: Damonte Ranch High in Reno where Adam (17) and Michael Huber (16) were students

US police have confirmed that an Irish mother is the chief suspect in the murder-suicide of her husband and two sons.

The four bodies were found at the family home in Reno, Nevada, shortly after 11am local time on Wednesday.

The woman who died, a native of Coolcuslough, near Killarney in Co Kerry, was named as Kerry native Joan Huber (53).

Ms Huber, whose maiden name was Kelly, was found alongside her children Adam (17) and Michael (16). Her 50-year-old husband, also named Adam, was also found dead.

The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner's Office, who carried out post mortems on the bodies said: "All died of gunshot wounds."

Last night, Reno Police said that the chief suspect in this case has been confirmed as Joan Huber.

"Investigation has revealed that Joan Huber, within the preceding days of March 4, shot her husband, 50-year-old Adam Huber, and their two teenage children, before taking her own life," a spokesperson said.

"The weapon used in this case has been identified as a firearm.

"Reno Police Robbery/Homicide Detectives are still actively investigating this case and there is no known motive at this time."

Ms Huber's mother Sheila Doolan and a number of her siblings live in Killarney. They are now preparing to travel to the US.

The family have asked that their privacy be respected, but they are understood to be "absolutely devastated".

Mayor of Killarney Michael Gleeson addressed the tragedy in Kerry yesterday.

Speaking from outside the family home, where Ms Huber's brothers and other siblings had gathered, Mr Gleeson said every possible help and support would be offered to the Kelly and Doolan families.

"The entire community is numb with shock and pain. The Kelly and Doolan families have been and are at the heart of the local community in Spa, Killarney and east Kerry.

"If there is anything the community in Spa and Killarney can do for them, they will do it," he said.

Ms Huber's late father John Kelly was a well-known character in the Spa/Killarney area, and was involved in politics, the GAA and rowing, as well as local history.

He died two years ago and had been chairman and president of the East Kerry Board GAA, as well as the Spa GAA Club. He was masseur for the Kerry team in the 1990s.

Irish Independent