A prominent Atlanta mother is suspected of shooting her two adult children in her family’s lavish Atlanta townhome, before taking her own life Wednesday, August 23.
The bodies of 58-year-old Marsha Edwards, 20-year-old Erin Edwards, and 24-year-old Chris Edwards were discovered around 6 p.m. Wednesday during a welfare check at the home, according to local station WXIA.
Authorities believe Marsha died of “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
In an eerie post just hours before the killings took place, Marsha took to Instagram to praise her grown children.
“I’ve had the best summer, first with Chris in Miami, and Erin in Italy,” she wrote. “I could not ask for better children.”
Cobb County detectives are now trying to piece together what went wrong.
The prominent family was well-known in the Atlanta community. Marsha had a doctorate degree in medicine and owned her own medical consulting business, WGCL-TV reports.
In a post on Facebook this spring, Erin described her mom as “the best mother of all time” and commended her for being named one of Atlanta’s 100 most powerful and influential women in 2019 by the Women Works Media Group.
Erin, was a student at Boston University, and a former intern for NBC New York. In a statement from the station’s vice president, Benjamin Berkowitz described Erin as “gifted storyteller” with a passion for her work.
“Her enthusiasm was infectious and her smile lit up a room,” Berkowitz said according to NBC News. “She was an incredibly decent, kind person who earned her admiration. Her talent was truly God-given.”
Chris Edwards worked in the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Entertainment as a digital content manager.
In a statement released by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, she said she had watched the Edwards’ children grow up.
“Chris and Erin were beautiful, vibrant and brilliant young adults, whom we had the pleasure of knowing their entire lives,” she wrote on Twitter. “They filled the lives of all who met them with joy, compassion, and kindness.”
The children’s father and Marsha’s ex-husband Dr. Chris Edwards is a prominent Atlanta neurological surgeon.
He has asked for privacy in the aftermath of the tragedy.
“Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made,” the statement from a family spokesperson said.
According to WCGL-TV, Dr. Chris Edwards had alerted authorities after he had become concerned about his son’s whereabouts. He later came to the townhome himself and learned of the gruesome tragedy.
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