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3 dead in apparent double murder-suicide in Lake County

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Feb 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 11:40:34-05

Three people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide that happened in Perry Township.

According to authorities, the incident happened on the 4500 block of Maple Street around 8:30 a.m. 

Police received a phone call about a man who had just shot two family members. When authorities arrived they found the three residents dead inside the home.

Investigators said it appears 62-year-old Ralph Moore Jr., allegedly shot and killed his sister, 59-year-old Vickie Thornhill and her 19-year-old daughter Arianna Cope and then called his other sister to tell her what happened. After making the phone call to his other sister, it appears Moore shot and killed himself, police said.

Thornhill was found in a bedroom and Cope was found laying on a couch, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Mark Komar. The coroner said it looks like Cope was shot while she slept and Thornhill was shot as she got out of bed. Both victims had multiple gunshot wounds, he said.

Moore's body was found in the living room with a single gunshot wound to the head.

Detectives say Thornhill and Cope both resided with Moore and had planned on moving out on Saturday. According to police, Moore was distraught over the two leaving him alone in the house.

Cope had recently graduated from Perry High School and was a student at Lake Erie College, authorities said.

Perry Township is located in Lake County between Fairport Harbor and Geneva-on-the-Lake.

The shooting remains under investigation.