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Woman, 2 Children, Found Dead in Glendale

The father of the victims called 911 and was found performing CPR on his son.

A mother and her two children were killed inside a Glendale home, apparently part of a murder-suicide, according to authorities investigating the case.

Glendale police and the St. Louis County Major Case Squad are investigating the deaths that were reported this morning at a home at 740 Hawbrook Road in Glendale.

According to a police statement, police got the call shortly before 11 a.m., reporting a murder-suicide at the home. Police said two of the victims were transported to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead; a third victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Glendale police declined to release the names of the victims. Property records indicate the home at 740 Hawbrook Road is owned by Mitchell M. and Catherine Murch II.

Glendale police Sgt. Robert Catlett said the husband in the case has been cooperating with the investigation and that police are not seeking any suspects in the case.

FOX2 reported that a man was found inside the home performing CPR on his 10-year-old son, Mitchell III, while his wife was found dead in the kitchen, and his 8-year-old daughter Mary Claire was found dead upstairs.

Media reports said the children attended  School in Webster Groves.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch released a statement from the St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese: "We are shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life involving a family in one of our parish communities. Mary Queen of Peace Pastor Fr. Bob Reiker and Associate Pastor Fr. Craig Holway are working with grieving family members and the MQP parish family to cope with the aftermath of this tragedy. Counseling will be made available to the community. We ask that you keep the family and parish in your prayers."

Police have blocked traffic along the street in front of the home, and plan to stay on hand to keep watch overnight. Investigators from the Major Case Squad were interviewing neighbors.

KMOV-4 reported that the father said he was reading at the time shots were fired. The station reports that the father is being questioned by police, but the station reported that officials said this case appears to be a murder-suicide. FOX2, in a tweet from reporter Chris Hayes, said "police say they'll treat deaths of 2 kids & Mom as homicide until they rule it out."

KMOV reported that police responded at about 11 a.m. to a home in the 700 block of Hawbrook Road — about half a mile from the Glendale police station.

FOX2 reports that the Major Case Squad has been called into the investigation. The station reports that police took the father to Glendale police headquarters, where he was being questioned. Police found a gun inside the home and are still investigating, FOX2 reports.

Kirkwood Patch will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect the correct ages of the children. Patch verified the information with a detective from the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad.


Carlos Restrepo July 30, 2012 at 11:08 PM
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Webster Groves. Stay tuned to Patch for information from the prayer service.

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