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'Mother killed kids': police

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Reuters

This is the family home in Florida where police say 33-year-old mother Tonya Thomas shot dead her four children before killing herself.

The children were aged 12, 13, 15 and 17.

Police found one victim outside, the others inside the property in Port St John.

SOUNDBITE: LIEUTENANT TODD GOODYEAR, BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SPOKESMAN, SAYING (English):

"They heard shots as the SWAT team arrived, they put together two entry teams, entered the residence through the back, I believe back sliding door area of the residence and, in clearing the residence, found four persons fatally wounded inside."

A neighbour told police three of the children had knocked on his door just before 5am but were ordered home by their mother.

Police said Thomas's husband, the children's father, had moved out of the house some months earlier.

Paul Chapman, Reuters

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