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gunshot wounds Three members of family dead after suspected murder-suicide in Co Kerry

The three are understood to be a mother and father and their adult son

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Three people died in the suspected murder suicide Image: Google Maps

Three people died in the suspected murder suicide Image: Google Maps

Three people died in the suspected murder suicide Image: Google Maps

Three members of the same family have died in a suspected double murder-suicide in Co Kerry.

The three are understood to be a mother and father and their adult son.

The alarm was raised by a neighbour who called to the family’s home outside the village of Lixnaw, in the north of the county, at around 9pm yesterday evening.

They discovered the lifeless body of the woman, who was aged in her 60s, inside the house and immediately raised the alarm.

Gardaí raced to the scene and found the son, who was aged in his 20s, also inside the house. A short time later gardaí located the body of a man aged in his 60s outside at the rear of the house.

All three bodies had sustained gunshot wounds.

A firearm was recovered at the scene and is due to undergo ballistic testing.

Gardaí last night said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident at this time.

The scene at the rural house was sealed off last night and was being preserved as investigators awaited the arrival of the State Pathologist and members of the Garda Technical Bureau.

Post mortem examinations are expected to be carried out on the three bodies later today.

Gardaí in Listowel are leading the investigation and an incident room has been established.

Justice Minister Heather Humphreys today offered her condolences.

“My deepest sympathies to all impacted by the truly awful tragedy in Lixnaw,” she said.

“The shock and devastation being felt by the family and the community is unimaginable.

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“An Garda Síochána is engaging with the local community and will carry out a full investigation.”

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