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Mourning A Local Family

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Many of the mourners at a vigil for a Maryland family killed in a murder-suicide were high school friends of 14-year-old Charles Dalton, Jr. who was shot by his father Charles Dalton, Sr. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post

Hundreds stood with candles in hand Sunday night outside a Mount Airy home where a father struggling to survive the recession killed his wife, two children and the family's dog before turning the gun on himself. At the vigil, the childrens' classmates wrapped arms around one another, crying, trying to understand how this had happened. The deaths were the latest of several family murder-suicides in Maryland. Here's the story that ran on the Post's Web site after the bodies were discovered.

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Jennifer Neuman comforts her 6-year-old son Brandon as they visit the house where a family of four was lost to murder-suicide. Brandon used to ride his bike around the neighborhood with 7-year-old Emmaline Dalton, one of the victims. Behind them stands Janet Baker and her 6-year-old daughter Emma, who also knew the family. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post

By Theresa Vargas  |  September 29, 2009; 9:36 AM ET
 
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No words to describe the horror and tragedy of this, just a prayer to provide hope, strength, and faith to those undergoing tough times and keep guns out of their hands

Posted by: sandrags | September 30, 2009 6:28 AM | Report abuse

No words to describe the horror and tragedy of this, just a prayer to provide hope, strength and faith to those undergoing hard times and to keep guns out of such hands as these

Posted by: sandrags | September 30, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

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