New twist after mum kills five kids in murder-suicide

Yahoo News Staff
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A mum who shot her five kids before burning their house down and taking her own life was reportedly into witchcraft.

Oreanna Antoinette Myers, 25, shot her three children and two stepchildren at their home near Williamsburg, in the US state of West Virginia, in December last year.

Oreanna Antoinette Myers, 25, is pictured.
Oreanna Antoinette Myers, 25, killed her five children including two stepchildren. Source: Greenbrier County Sheriff Department

Shaun Dawson Bumgarner, 7, and Riley James Bumgarner, 6, were stepchildren from her previous marriage, while Kian Myers, 4, Aarikyle Nova Myers, 3, and Haiken Jirachi Myers, 1, were her biological kids.

The children, aged between one and seven-years-old, were found inside the home while the mum was discovered outside the home after it was burned to the ground.

Raven Bumgarner, the mum of Shaun and Riley, told The Sun Ms Myers was into witchcraft and would practise rituals.

She also claims the mum kept dead butterflies in jars and had tarot cards.

"She was always talking about the phases of the moon and these rituals and tarot cards and different books and witchy things,” she told The Sun.

"She was like, 'Oh this moon is in this phase, this is a ritual for new beginnings, I'm going to go and run naked in the fields’."

A burnt down house in Williamsburg.
Firefighters go through what's left of the property. Source: WVNS 59

An Instagram account purportedly belonging to Ms Myers shows images of dead butterflies in jars, memes and tarot cards.

“Magic. Love. The Unknown,” a photo of a candle is captioned.

Shaun Dawson Bumgarner, 7, Riley James Bumgarner, 6,  Aarikyle Nova Myers, 3, and Haiken Jirachi Myers, 1, are all pictured.
Shaun (bottom left), Riley (top left), Aarikyle (bottom right) and Haiken (top right) were killed by Oreanna Myers in December. Source: Morgan Funeral Home

Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan said the mum left three notes behind.

“I hope one day someone will help others like me,” Ms Myers wrote, according to Sheriff Sloan.

“Mental health is not to joke about or taken lightly. When someone begs, pleads, cries out for help, please help them. You just might save a life or more lives. Thank you, OAM.”

A burned down home is pictured.
Ms Myers reportedly shot the kids then burned their house down. Source: Greenbrier County Sheriff Department

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