Gilbert Mother and Teens Dead
Gilbert, AZ - Maricopa County sheriff's deputies were investigating an apparent murder-suicide Tuesday after the bodies of a mother and her two children were discovered shot inside their Gilbert-area home late Monday.
The mother, Lisa Gerhart, 45, is believed to have shot her 17-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter with a handgun before shooting herself inside their house in the 17700 block of East Prescott Place, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Sheriff's Office declined to reveal the names of the children.
A neighbor called the Sheriff's Office at about 9 p.m. Monday to report seeing a running vehicle parked outside with a hose running from the exhaust pipe to the inside of the two-story residence through a window, Arpaio said.
"It's a sad situation. Domestic violence is something we have to look into. ... It's a big problem facing our county and our country," Arpaio said. "Many of our deputies, including myself, are married and have children. But we have a job to do; I don't know if you ever get used to it, but here we're talking about a 12year old and a 17 year old.
"Every life is precious, whether you're 84, or you’re 12 or 2."
Let us pray for all those suffering from the loss of loved ones by suicide or other violent means. Lord, grant them eternal rest and bless their families with your divine healing and consolation.
Lord, into your hands we commend their spirits and may your perpetual light shine upon them now and forever. Amen
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