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Father Murders Children, Sets Fire to Home


PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (AP) - A state investigator says a father
shot and killed his three young children at the family's rural home
this morning, set fire to the residence and then shot himself.

Kevin Rowland, the chief investigator for the state medical
examiner's office, says the bodies of a girl and two boys were
discovered inside the burning home, along with that of their
35-year-old father.

The children are 8-year-old Jay Landers, 5-year-old Derrick Landers; and 4-year-old Katana Landers. The father's name has not been released.

Dispatchers received a 911 call about 9 am that a home four miles west of Pauls Valley was on fire. Fire department spokesman Brent Thompson says the house was in flames when firefighters arrived.

Garvin County Sheriff Bill Roady says the man and his wife, who
was at work when the shootings took place, were having marital
problems.


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