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Police identify Elyria family killed in apparent murder/suicide

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Posted at 9:48 AM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 15:20:27-04

ELYRIA, Ohio — The Elyria Police Department has released the identities of a family found dead inside their home.

On Wednesday, officers responded at around 8:11 a.m. to the 530 block of Willowpark Road for a well-being check of the residents. Police found five people, all determined to be family members, dead inside the home. The family dog was also found dead, police said.

The family has been identified as:

John Nelson, 44
Robin Nelson, 35
Gavin Nelson, 12
Brianna Nelson, 10
Liam Nelson, 6

A neighbor said she heard what sounded like gunshots Tuesday night and the next morning a coworker of the man who owned the home showed up and asked the neighbor if she had seen any activity outside of the house. When she said no, the man called the police.

Authorities said they are investigating the slayings as a murder/suicide and that John Nelson is believed to be the suspect. Members of the family all sustained gunshot wounds.

Elyria City Schools is making a team of counselors and social workers trained in trauma and crisis available for students, parents and staff in need of support on Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Elyria High School.

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