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16 year old boy charged with homicide after parents and two brothers, ages three and 12, are shot to death in their family home in West Virginia.


A young man has been charged with murdering two adults and two kids in West Virginia.

Police in Elkview found the bodies of a man, his wife, and their 3 and 12-year-old sons in their house on Cemetery Hill Drive in Elkview on Sunday morning after receiving a 911 call from a relative who had not heard from the family in days.

The grandfather, who drove to the house around 10:40 AM, discovered the door unlocked but entered and found three bodies. Police later discovered a fourth sufferer under a bed.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office mentioned that a fifth resident of the house, a 16-year-old male family member, was discovered safely elsewhere. He has been charged with 4 counts of homicide in connection to the incident.

The name of the 16-year-old male and different identifying information are withheld as a result of his age.

16 year old boy charged with murder after parents and two brothers, aged three and 12, are shot dead in their family home in West Virginia

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as Daniel Dale Long, 37, Risa Mae Saunders, 39, Gage Ripley, and Jameson Long, 3, all from Elkview.

‘We do know {that a} family member tried to get a hold of him yesterday, weren’t able to do so. When they couldn’t get a hold of him this morning that’s when one of the family members came in to check in on them and that’s when they were found,’ Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford mentioned that the teenager was located Sunday as per WOWKTV.

‘We determined immediately on the deputies’ arrival they were all deceased,’ Rutherford added. 

Deputies say they aren’t certain when the exact shooting unfolded but mentioned that a next of kin has been notified and an investigation is ongoing. 

Neighbor Samra Mullins mentioned that she didn’t hear anything coming from the house in the quiet neighborhood.

‘It’s a little nerve-wracking. You don’t expect this to be so close to home,’ Mullins stated.

‘It’s just more stress. You know, we’re dealing with the COVID-19. It’s just more bad news,’ Mullins added.

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