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A mum murdered her children before setting their house on fire and shooting herself.
Oreanna Myers, 25, used a shotgun and left a note at the scene near the city of Williamsburg in Virginia, the US, on December 8.
She was found wearing a coat with a hood and a red line drawn across her face, WV Metro News reports.
Three of the children were her own, according to Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan.
Myers was married to Brian Bumgarner and the other two children were from his first marriage.
He had spent time away from home during a 10-day period before the tragedy because the family’s vehicle had been involved in a crash.
Bumgarner was staying with other family members who were driving him to work.
In several notes found at the scene, Myers had written that she was suffering from mental illness.
One read: “This is no one’s fault but my own. My demons won over me. Sorry, I wasn’t strong enough.”
She had also texted her husband: “You’ll have nothing to come back to but a corpse. No one cares why should I?
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“Money will come and go, once I go there’s no replacing me. I beg and cry for help but never get it.
“It’s my mental health that needs tending to – help me – I do not care anymore.”
The children were identified as Shaun Dawson Bumgarner, seven, Riley James Bumgarner, six, Kian Myers, four, Arikyle Nova Myers, three, and Haiken Jirachi Myers, one.
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Sloan confirmed that Myers had received no treatment for mental illness and that there was no history of mistreatment of the children.
He added: “Obviously we can’t determine why Oreanna Myers chose to end the lives of five children and then take her own life.
“However, through all the facts and evidence obtained during this investigation and all the information that’s been acquired that’s what we concluded did occur.”
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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