Father Killed Wife, 3 Kids Before Shooting Himself, Police Say


Wilmington, DELAWARE- The Delaware State Police are conducting a murder-suicide investigation in Wilmington.

The investigation began on Monday, July 9 at 7:53 p.m., when troopers responded to the 2700 block of Ferris Road. Upon arrival, troopers discovered five deceased individuals with apparent gunshot wounds including; a 42 year old male, a 41 year old female and three children under the age of 8 years old, upstairs inside the home.

The individuals have been identified as 42-year-old Matthew Edwards and his wife 41 year-old Julie Edwards, the children included; a 6 year-old boy, 4 year-old girl and 3 year-old boy. Matthew Edwards sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A neighbor tells NBC10 Edwards spoke of ‘marital problems and a recent job loss.’

“There’s three kids in there, wife and husband,” Brian Covenko told NBC10. “Kind of in shock as we’re really friends with them.”

The individuals have been turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science where autopsies were performed and have ruled the deaths to be murder/suicide by gunshot.