A husband shot dead his wife and three kids before turning the gun on himself in an horrific murder-suicide.
John Nelson, 44, is alleged to have killed his spouse Robin, 35, and their three children, Gavin, 12, Brianna, 10, and Liam, six, on Wednesday.
The family dog was also found dead on the property.
On Thursday, Elyria Police released a statement saying they had determined that John was the person who pulled the trigger inside the home. They did not disclose how they came to such a conclusion.
Cops were initially called to the Nelson family home after John failed to show for work Wednesday morning and his boss became worried.
Officer made the grisly discovery when they arrived at the address on Willow Park Road.
Loud bangs and screams were heard coming from the home after 5pm on Tuesday evening.
Neighbours did not report the commotion to police believing that the commotion was fireworks being set off.
“About 5.20pm, I heard what sounded like firecrackers going off like ‘pop pop pop pop pop,” local Enetta Hubbard told News5Cleveland.
Linda Bristow also thought she heard firecrackers going off and the screaming of children.
She told reporters: “Now I know why they were running around screaming.”
Family members say they are in shock at the killings and say John Nelson was a dedicated family man.
However, the family’s neighbors reported to have heard ‘a lot’ of arguing over the last few months.
John once posted a family photo on Facebook describing his wife and children as his ‘life’, reports the The Sun.
“Sounds corny. I’m very emotional…it makes you appreciate all the lil (sic) things,” the caption read.
Meanwhile, John Nelson’s cousin, Ben Runyon, spoke with Cleveland 19 on Thursday, and revealed that he is still trying to process the news.
‘I know they were trying to get out of this neighborhood and move out to the country somewhere and he just wanted to stay busy with the kids and keep them out of trouble so none of this is making any sense, were just lost right now,’ he stated.
‘They were a typical family. They kept the three kids busy. They were in baseball and volleyball and soccer and ballet. There was two boys and a girl and the wife worked as a nurse and he worked down the road at a plastic bag factory and he lived here his entire life’.
The three children attended Elyria City Schools, and the district released a statement saying that those impacted by the tragedy will be able to seek support.
“This devastating news has deeply shaken our staff and school community. On Monday, an Elyria Schools team of counselors and social workers trained in trauma and crisis care will be available for students, parents and staff who are in need of support.”
Meanwhile, the mayor of Elyria – which is located southwest of Cleveland – also paid tribute to the Nelson family.
‘My heart is broken for this family in particular the children. I cannot imagine the pain those close to them must feel and we send our deepest condolences and are here to support them and any of our residents who need our help,’ Mayor Frank Whitfield stated.