A Illinois mother and her young twin daughters are assumed to be the victims of a double murder-suicide.
Celisa Henning, 41, and her 6-year-old twin daughters, Makalya and Addison, were found dead on Aug. 28 inside of their home in Joliet, near Chicago, reports the Daily Mail.
The mother and her two children were found with gunshot wounds to the head, according to police.
Her husband had tried to contact her during the day while he was at work, and discovered the bodies inside a bathroom when he came home, according to the husband's father, Dennis Henning.
"He's grieving," he said of his son. "It's a tragedy... I hope and pray to God that he can live through it."
Celisa and her husband had been married for 10 years, and their daughters had just entered kindergarten, he added.
A neighbor, Joan Paul, described Celisa as being devoted to her children. "If she did this, I can't imagine the terror in her heart," she told the Chicago Tribune. "Those kids were her life. She was an excellent mother."
Taraus Campbell, a friend of the couple and godfather to one of the twins, described the family "for the most part a happy household," reports the Chicago Tribune.
Regarding the twins, Campbell said: "They were daddy's girls, but also mommy's girls. They were great kids."
Authorities have not said if Celisa left a suicide note.
Only eight days earlier, on Aug. 20, Arkansas was the site another double murder-suicide.
In that case, Robert Mangan, 39, killed his 4-year-old daughter, Catherine, and 5-year-old son, Joseph, before he took his own life, reports the Daily Mail.
The three bodies were found in the same bed by Robert's wife, Linsday Mangan.
According to police records, there was a history of domestic abuse in the relationship.
Robert had been arrested twice for domestic battery in the third degree, first in May 2016 and then in August of 2017. He was also arrested in September 2016 for a violation of protection order.
The suicide rate in the United States steadily declined from 1986 through 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
However, suicide rates have steadily increased from 1999 through 2014. It is among the leading causes of death among adolescents and young adults, and is also rising among middle-aged adults.
As for the Henning case, the Will County coroner will be conducting the autopsies to determine the official cause of the deaths.