Monday, June 02, 2008

COM: Murder in the neighborhood

Well, the Ingram-Kerrville metroplex, strange murder capital of the western world, strikes again. I suspect we'll make national news again with a five person murder-suicide . . .

Five dead in Ingram murder-suicide

Published June 2, 2008

An Ingram family of five is dead after an apparent murder-suicide early Sunday morning.

Law enforcement officers suspect John David Young, 38, shot his two children, wife and mother-in-law in a mobile home in the 100 block of Third Street in Ingram.

Authorities identified the victims as Starr Ann Young, 42; Linda Dale Hughes, 64; Jonathan Young, 9; and Mason Young, 6.

All were shot with a 9 mm pistol laying near John David Young’s body. The two boys were found in their beds with multiple gunshot wounds.

It is believed that Hughes, mother of Starr Young, placed a call to 911 at 2:18 a.m. She was alive when deputies arrived, but died en route to the hospital.

The call first came into emergency call dispatch as an assault. The dispatcher who received it only heard breathing at first, and when deputies arrived on the scene, the dispatcher could hear the deputies knocking on the door. Officers forcibly entered the locked home to discover the grisly scene.

“We will have to review the 911 tapes to determine who made the call, but we are pretty certain it was the grandmother (Hughes),” said Ingram City Marshal Rowan Zachry.

The case is being investigated as a murder-suicide, although officials won’t know conclusively until autopsies are performed this afternoon at the Travis County medical examiner’s office.

KCSO investigators are trying to piece together the motivation for the killings.

They report that John David Young had lived in Kerr County for a couple of years and had no criminal record in Texas. He relocated to Kerr County from Colorado.

Although not confirmed, it is believed Starr Young worked at Hilltop Nursing Home in Kerrville, and John David Young was employed by Mooney Airplane Co. Both children attended Ingram Elementary School.

“Anytime you deal with children, it makes things tough,” Zachry said Sunday. “They are really the innocent victims in this case. We will know a whole lot more tomorrow about what exactly happened.”

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