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Suicide father slays his family

A father shot his two young children and their mother dead before killing himself at their Minnesota home.

The suspected murder-suicide took place yesterday morning.

It appears the man shot the woman in the living room, and then shot one boy in a hallway and another boy and himself in a bedroom. A handgun was found near the man's body. The couple were not married.

"It looked like it was thought out," said coroner Clayton Cobler.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie said the boys were four and five years old. He said the man and woman were 26 and 25, respectively.

He said it appeared one boy was trying to get away.

"This is a tragedy for the families involved in our community during this time of celebration," he said.