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Pa. family struck with two murder-suicides within days of each other

Flo Vrabel, mother of Kevin Teagarden, holds a photo of her grandchildren 7-year-old Madison Mae Teagarden, left, and 1-year-old Kevin Teagarden Jr. Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. Kevin and Tammy Lynn Teagarden and their two young children were found dead in their southwestern Pennsylvania home Sunday evening. State police say they believe the four perished in a murder-suicide. Darrell Sapp,AP Photo/Post-Gazette

Teagarden family members
AP Photo/Family Photo via Observer-Reporter

(CBS/AP) MATHER, Pa. - A Pennsylvania man who fatally shot his wife, his children and himself had a relative who had recently died in a murder-suicide, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Kevin Teagarden, 42, his wife and two children were found dead Sunday night.  Meanwhile, Tammy Teagarden, 40, 8-year-old Madison and 22-month-old Kevin Jr. were each killed Sunday by a single gunshot, said Greene County Coroner Gregory Rohanna.

Kevin Teagarden's mother, Flo Vrabel, told the Washington Observer-Reporter that her son had become worried about his marriage but was also upset about an Ohio cousin who died in a murder-suicide last week.

Teagarden's cousin, Mary Johnson, had been killed by her live-in boyfriend who then killed himself, her brother Jeremiah Johnson told the Associated Press.

Johnson said he wasn't acquainted with the boyfriend but his sister had a habit of dating "doofuses and lowlifes."

Police said they weren't aware of previous trouble at the Teagarden home in Morgan Township, 35 miles south of Pittsburgh.

Coroner Rohanna said he knew the family.

"No one saw this coming, and no one could imagine that violence could come to that household," he said.

A relative of Tammy Teagarden called police Sunday after going to the house because Tammy Teagarden failed to show up for work.

  • Crimesider Staff

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