Dawn Brown Kills Sons Zander and Zayden, Self in Apparent Murder-Suicide Near Clearwater FL

DOUBLE MURDER-SUICIDE:  Dawn Brown and her two children were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide near Clearwater, Fla., Saturday morning. According to the Tampa Bay Times, it appears that Brown, 34, killed her two children, Zander, 9 and Zayden, 5, and then hanged herself with a cord from a ceiling fan.

Pinellas County Deputies responded to a call for assistance shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday morning, NBC News reports, but neighbor William Lavold told Tampa Bay Online that he received a text at 3 a.m. about trouble at her home and didn’t see it until at about six a.m., when he then went next door and found the bodies. He then called police. He didn’t disclose who sent the text message.

The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is planned for the children, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.