PRICES CORNER, Del. – A couple and three young children were found fatally shot at their Delaware home in what the police described Tuesday as a murder-suicide.
Delaware State Police determined that the couple in a press release as Matthew Edwards, 42, and his wife, Julie Edwards, 41. The police did not release their children’s names, but said she was a 4-year-old girl and two boys of 6 and 3, respectively.
Troopers called to the Prices Corner house Monday night was Julie Edwards, and the three children dead in the home from apparent gunshot wounds and Matthew Edwards death of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. The bodies were transferred to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science, who ruled their deaths a murder suicide by a gunshot.
Neighbor Wilfredo Rivera, 60, said Tuesday that he saw the father and the children in their house on Sunday and spoke to Matthew Edwards. The children were playing with scooters and Edwards was cooking and going in and out of the house, ” he said.
“He told me that he was having marital problems,” Rivera said.
The couple lived for more than a decade and the man lost his job and took a in Virginia, he said.
“He looked like an average man,” he said. “He would come outside with his children and play.”
The brown clapboard home Tuesday there was a for-sale sign on a Ford F-150, which had a red, white and blue helmet in the back. Above a window air conditioner is still active.
Brian Covenko, who lives across the street told The News Journal that he last talked with Matthew Edwards around Memorial Day.
“I’m just shocked. There was no way to prepare for this,” he said.
“Our children play together. We already have more than barbecues. Each time that he was here, he was playing with his children. I don’t know what happened inside of the doors, but I know that he was outside with his kids a lot.”