Mother, two children killed in the Christmas Day shootings
Suspect in custody after standoff in Phoenix apartment complex.
An Arizona man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife and two children on christmas day was a vegan chef and motivational speaker, who posted a video on Facebook with his 11-year-old son smiling and singing hours before he fired a gun at them, reports said.
Anthony Milan Ross, 45, was arrested just after 10 am Monday in the murder of his estranged wife Iris Ross, 38, and his two children — Nigel Ross, 11, and 10-month-old daughter Anora Ross — at their Phoenix apartment. He was held without bail Tuesday.
Before the deadly shooting, Ross, who often goes by his middle name, was a motivational speaker, bestselling author and vegan chef, who touted his plant-based diet for his weight loss, AZCentral reported. On his website, Full of Flavour Vegan, Milan says that his ‘ mission in life is to help others escape the deadly grip of obesity.”
“Of his upcoming book, entitled “The Change” with the launch of a Full-bodied Taste Vegan, Milan is doing everything he can to help educate others about all the great benefits of living a compassionate whole food, plant-based lifestyle,” the website stated.
He was a guest on various popular TV shows after he lost 275 pounds by switching to a Vegan lifestyle. On christmas day, Anthony Milan Ross shot and killed his 11-year-old son, 10 month old daughter and their mother. Ross is now in #Phoenix jail facing murder charges. pic.twitter.com/4KsDiPIfFj
— Cameron Ridle (@CameronRidle) December 27, 2017
Ross’ journey to losing more than 200 kilos, began in 2012, when he was a Whole Foods Employee, and weighed more than 500 pounds. Its pronounced success has also led to placement in a full-length documentary that included celebrities such as James Cameron and Samuel L. Jackson, according to AZCentral. Ross graces covers and traveled the country to speak at events.
Ross also talked about his weight loss journey last month with a local Phoenix station 12News.
“My body feels much better. I am in better shape at 45 than I ever was when I was skinny in my 20s,” Ross told the news station.
Ross was charged on Tuesday with three counts of first-degree murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault, and violence against a police officer. He was taken into custody after he barricaded themselves in the family Phoenix house that led to a nighttime confrontation with the police.
Anthony Milan Ross is accused of killing his ex-wife and two children on christmas day.
(Maricopa County Sheriffs Office)
Ross seemed happy to spend time with his children hours before the Day of Christmas murders. Ross posted on his Facebook page a video christmas Eve of him and his 11-year-old son.
“Hey guys, I’m smiling and I’m hanging out with Nigel on christmas Eve. We are going to embarrass ourselves! We are going to sing,” Ross said, laughing with his son.
She continued singing, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
Ross and his wife separated earlier this year, according to AZCentral.
The police tried to talk to Ross when he was in the unit, Sgt. Jonathan Howard said. A few hours later,, Ross stated that he had killed the two children and started shooting at the officers, said the authorities. There is no known motive for the deadly shooting.
A status conference was set to be held in Maricopa County Superior Court on the morning of Jan. 3, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for the morning of Jan. 5.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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