New details emerge after 4 children killed in Tennessee murder-suicide


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COLUMBIA, Tenn. — The Maury County sheriff shed new light on a murder-suicide the left four children and an adult woman dead in Columbia, Tennessee, WSMV reports.

At about 6 p.m. Monday night, a family member returned home to find 55-year-old Cynthia Collier and her four adoptive children dead.

The sheriff’s office believes Collier killed 14-year-old Bo Li, 14-year-old Meigin Lin, 15-year-old Lia Lin and 17-year-old Kaileigh Lin.

The bodies were found by another sibling.

The sheriff said all five died of gunshot wounds with evidence to suggest the case is a murder-suicide.

“The magnitude of this … it’s more than what we’re used to on a day-to-day basis,” Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland said in a Wednesday news conference, WSMV reports. “That’s why our first responders stepped up. They were very professional, and I couldn’t be more proud of Maury County.”

A motive is yet to be determined, but the sheriff believes Collier was suffering from a mental illness.

The sheriff’s department is not looking for any suspects at this time.

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