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FLORAL CITY, Fla. -- A mother and her three young sons were found dead of gunshot wounds Friday in the bedroom of a Florida Gulf Coast home in an apparent murder-suicide, officials said.
The bodies of a 23-year-old woman and her sons, all under age 5, were discovered after the woman's distraught mother and stepfather found the bodies and called 911, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies were called to the family's beige ranch home in a rural area north of Tampa after 10 a.m.
Investigators didn't find a suicide note, sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Tierney said, but evidence suggests the young family was killed in a murder-suicide. She said the motive was unclear and didn't immediately provide more details.
"She's probably the only one that can answer that question," Tierney said of the woman.
The family's home is on a quiet street near farms and open fields. Neighbors said they didn't hear anything unusual Thursday night or Friday morning and couldn't recall having seen the mother and her children before.
Tierney said the family had moved in just a week ago. She said the distraught mother and stepfather had to be taken to a local hospital.
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