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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
RIP Christian Family of 5 Killed in Murder-Suicide by Parent after Stressful Transplant
A family of 5 were killed in a murder-suicide. A family member called Police on Saturday, August 6, 2016, after Megan Short missed a lunch. Police found the bodies of Megan and Mark Short in the living room with 8-year-old Liana, 5-year-old Mark Jr. and 2-year-old Willow. They all died of gunshot wounds and a handgun was found. A handwritten "murder/suicide" note was also found. Police noted that even the family dog was killed. In May 2014, the youngest child Willow Short received a life-saving heart transplant. This was followed by daily doses of a drug to keep her body from rejecting the transplanted heart.
Their struggles were featured national news stories. "Nothing can explain the overwhelming anxiety I had bringing her home..." Megan said in an April 2016 blog post. Later she wrote, "With time, things got easier. I became more confident with the medical aspect of caring for her, but the trauma is something that never goes away." It's not clear whether Mark or Megan Short pulled the trigger. Police have called this a "tragic domestic incident." Police explained there had been "domestic issues" between Megan and Mark Short.