BELL MURDER-SUICIDE: Gilchrist County, Fla., sheriff Robert Schultz III confirmed that the suspect in Bell murder-suicide is Don Charles Spirit. He shot his son to death in a hunting accident in 2001.
Don Charles Spirit killed six children, ranging in ages from three months to 10 years old, his daughter, before committing suicide. The names of Spirit’s grandchildren have not been released. There are reports that his daughter has been identified as Sarah Spirit.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Spirit had pleaded guilty to a felony arms violation in 2003, in connection to the shooting death of his son in 2001.
Bell is located about 35 miles west of Gainesville.