A man from White Plains, Alabama allegedly shot his son, daughter and his daughter's fiancé to death on Thursday before turning the gun on himself. According to the Associated Press, Anthony Wayne Parker, 49, shot his 12-year-old son and his 19-year-old daughter Heather Parker. He also allegedly murdered Heather’s husband-to-be, 20-year-old Brandon Roberts.
Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade told WHNT that after allegedly killing those three, Anthony called his sister to announce that he was also going to kill himself. According to the Associated Press, his sister called 911. When responding deputies got to Anthony’s home, they found the three victims in the front yard. Police found Anthony’s body not long after in front of an abandoned store, reported Alabama.com.
“We pulled the coordinates of the origin of the 911 call and traced it back to the Rabbittown store,” Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade told The Anniston Star.
He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Working hard to find answers to give to the family as to why this occurred," Wade said, according to Alabama.com. "This is definitely devastating to the family and to us as well. It's very distributing [sic] and we will be praying for them."
The sheriff said that Anthony had recently been distressed.
“His wife separated from him in the last several months and he hadn’t been taking that well,” Wade told People.
The children's mother was reportedly not in town, or even in the state, at the time of the murders.
“This is a wonderful community,” Wade said. “This man, for whatever reasons, decided to destroy his family, which is heartbreaking on many levels.”