A man believed to have murdered his wife and their pet dog and cat thanked the National Rifle Association in a Tweet for making it “super easy” to kill his “whole family”.
Kevin Heimsoth, 56, said he used an AR-15 on his elementary school principal wife and their two pets in a disturbing tweet on the evening of December 26.
“Guns don't kill people, people do. Guns just make it a lot easier. AR-15 makes it super easy,” the tweet read.
“I jsit (sic) killed my whole family, and i couldnt (sic) have done it without a gun! I'm too much of a coward, a knife would have been waaay (sic) too hard. So, thanks to everyone at the NRA.”
The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office revealed officers responded to a reported murder suicide incident in Bellingham in the US state of Washington on Boxing Day.
Police found a 58-year-old female dead in her apartment from an apparent gunshot wound, and her husband appeared to have sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He was transported to a local hospital under Sheriff’s Office guard, police said.
They also located a dog and cat, both killed by gunshot wounds.
The woman was identified as Lynn Heimsoth, and her death was officially ruled a homicide by the Whatcom County Medical Examiner, Bellingham Herald reported.
The coroner declared she died about 10.30am on December 26, however, reports suggested gunshots were heard as early as 2.45am that morning, the publication reported.
Ms Heimsoth was remembered a “a passionate, equity-driven instructional leader” in a post shared to the Facebook page of her school, Sunnyland Elementary.
“Her death is a profound loss to our Sunnyland community, our school district and to our extended community. Lynn was a passionate, equity-driven instructional leader. She loved kids to the core and always kept students’ needs at the centre of her work,” the post read.
Members of the school also grieved the loss of Ms Hemsoth’s therapy dog Sukha, who they said “was always by Lynn’s side”.
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