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Three Children And Their Mother Shot To Death In Their Burned Home — So Tragic!

Sun, January 23, 2011 6:47pm EDT by Add first Comment

Online posts left prior to murders shock authorities.

Three children and their mother are dead from gunshot wounds to the head in their partially-burned Austin, Indiana home.

A preliminary autopsy released on Jan. 22 concluded Amanda Bennett, 30, died from a combination of a gunshot wound to the head along with smoke inhalation from the burning house. The same cause of death was listed for her 9-year-old daughter Katelynn Bennett, while her other two children, 14-year-old Jasmine Abbott and 4-year-old Ryan Bennett, died solely of gunshot wounds to the head.

The bodies were found on Jan. 21 after a concerned relative called police.

“This is a very, very tragic situation — a very sad situation,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin told CNN.

What makes the killings even more tragic is a seemingly connected pair of online rants discovered after the bodies were recovered. The postings, which mention Amanda’s husband by name under the heading “Gone Forever,” were published on Jan. 21 and include lines like, “it’s time to take the pain away … you got what u wanted no wife an no kids.”

No suspect has been named in the case, but police are currently investigating the deaths and matching information they find with the content of the online posts.

— William Earl