Man Kills Wife and Three Children in Maryland
A family of five is dead in Middletown, Md. after a 34-year-old man killed his wife and three children before taking his own life.
Christopher Alan Wood shot himself after inflicting "traumatic cuts"on and shooting both his 33-year old wife, Francis Billotti Wood, and the couple's three children, ages 2, 4 and 5, USA Today reported.
Police said Christopher Wood left five notes behind before committing the crime, including an apology to family members. The notes also hinted that he may have suffered from psychiatric problems, according to USA Today.
The scene was discovered Saturday morning by Francis Wood's father, who visited the family's home concerned that he had not heard from them in several days.
Authorities are not yet sure when the killings took place. Jane Durant, the director of the school the Woods' 4-year-old son attended, told USA Today that he was not in class on Friday.
Residents of Middletown, a town of fewer than 3,000 people, are shocked and disturbed by the killings.
Francis Wood, who taught catechism at Holy Family Catholic Community Church, was known as a loving, energetic woman.
"I just talked to her every day and she's just one of those people you fell in love with right away," Durant said.