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An Irish woman has been found dead alongside her two children and husband in the US in what local police suspect is a murder-suicide

An Irish woman has been found dead alongside her two children and husband in the US in what local police suspect is a murder-suicide

An Irish woman has been found dead alongside her two children and husband in the US in what local police suspect is a murder-suicide

An Irish woman has been found dead alongside her two children and husband in the US in what local police suspect is a murder-suicide.

The four bodies were discovered at the family home in Reno, Nevada, shortly after 11am local time (7pm UK time) on Wednesday.

The woman is believed to be from Co Kerry.

The Republic's Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance.

Reno Police said it discovered four bodies at a home in south Reno when officers called to the property after it was reported members of the family had not been seen for some time.

A spokesman or Reno Police Department said: "Subsequent investigation revealed three other deceased subjects within the residence that are believed to be members of the same family who reside there.

"This appears to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community."

Local police said they are treating the case as a murder suicide.

The bodies were removed from the property and are being examined by the local medical examiner's office.

It was unclear whether a weapon was found at the property. Sergeant John Silver told the Reno Gazette Journal that police do not know what led up to the incident.

"We didn't have prior calls or anything like that," he said.

"We are still at the beginning stages.

"We need to determine exactly what happened.

"We're going to have to go through this whole house to make sure we cover all the bases and make sure our initial thoughts are accurate."

The two teenagers were students at Damonte Ranch High School. Earlier this year three other students at the school died in separate incidents.

Dozens of people gathered with signs of support and condolence for the students at the school yesterday morning.

Belfast Telegraph