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Mother Kills Son & Burns Down House Before Fatally Shooting Herself Following Breakup

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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In a murder-suicide case that has rocked Indiana, a 46-year-old mom reportedly depressed over a breakup killed her son, then set their house on fire and shot herself to death.

Carla Gilliland had gunned down her son Parker Gilliland-Wampler, 15, and their dead bodies were discovered inside their burning house in Ellettsville, Indiana on Thursday.

The Monroe County Coroner has ruled Parker’s death a homicide, and his mother’s death a suicide.

A source told Indianapolis news station WTHR that Gilliland had hit a rough patch over a “family breakup,” while Sheriff’s Detective Sgt Brad Swain said Gilliland had been recently embroiled in “domestic issues” involving Gilliland and Parker’s father and had hinted about wanting to hurt herself and the boy.

A neighbor said, “She’s just been sad lately, depress[ed]. Some issues she didn’t share. [We] tried to help out as much as we could. It’s just a tragedy.”

But Gilliland’s daughter Katie has charged that the crime was preventable, as police apparently didn’t intervene when Parker expressed concern about his mom’s behavior and they had visited the home.

Katie Gilliland, Parker’s older sister, wrote on Facebook that cops simply didn’t act: “I would like everyone to know. That the system failed,” she wrote. “It failed me. And it most certainly failed my baby brother. CPS and [Sheriff’s] department were aware that [P]ark was afraid for his life to be in that house…Yet they made him go back.”

Boy shows up at school to report mother, sister murdered in his home

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 9-year-old boy arrived at school Monday with a grisly story: His mother and sister were dead at their home four blocks away.

Las Vegas Metro police officer Jacinto Rivera ducks under crime scene tape outside a home where two bodies and an injured man were, Monday, April 16, 2012, in Las Vegas. Police are questioning a man covered in blood at the home where a 9-year-old boy told school officials his mother and sister were dead. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Minutes later, police found the bodies of a 10-year-old girl and her mother — along with a blood-covered father and an unharmed 4-year-old boy — in a modest home in a West Las Vegas neighborhood, authorities said.

The five people belonged to a single family, police Officer Jacinto Rivera said.

The man, who was hospitalized with a head injury, was not immediately identified as a suspect or charged.

Police wouldn’t immediately say how or when the slayings occurred, but Rivera said there was no immediate evidence of a break-in at the home or that a suspect was on the loose.

One neighbor, Lucinda Jackson Griffith, said she heard at least one gunshot early Monday.

Longtime neighbor, Dick Webb, said he had walked past the home less than 90 minutes before the boy arrived at school. He said he didn’t notice anything amiss.

Rivera called it too early in the investigation to determine a motive, and said investigators were working carefully to collect evidence inside the single-story stucco home with a motorcycle and two sport utility vehicles in the driveway.

“We get one shot at a homicide scene. Our No. 1 priority is to find out what happened,” the police spokesman said. “Right now we don’t know what happened.”

Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said the 4-year-old and 9-year-old boys were in the custody of child protective services because they didn’t have an adult caregiver.

Clark County Department of Family Services officials planned to try to locate other relatives before placing the boys together with a foster family, department spokeswoman Christine Skorupski said.

Police cordoned off the entire block near the home during their investigation.

Officials said the boy was uninjured when he arrived at Mabel Hoggard Elementary School, where his older sister also was enrolled.

Principal Celese Rayford declined comment.

Clark County School District spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson wouldn’t describe how or what the boy told school officials, or whether other students were told what happened.

School administrators quickly notified police about the boy’s story and began mobilizing its crisis response team to help students process the tragedy, Fulkerson said.

The campus, with about 450 students in grades kindergarten through 5, was “struggling to sort out emotions and details of a tragedy that claimed the life of a student at home this weekend,” she said.

Students also were being reminded that school “is always a safe zone with caring adults that can help in uncertain situations,” Fulkerson said.

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