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Atkins, Arkansas Christmas Day murder-suicide: Two women, three girls found dead

Two women and three girls have been found dead inside a home on Christmas night, in the US state of Arkansas

Police were called to the home in Atkins around 5pm on Friday after a family member visited and found five people dead.

The deaths are being treated as suspected murders.

They are all believed to be related and some had gunshot wounds.

“It’s rare anywhere,” Jones said of the incident.

“We just need to pray for a family that’s been devastated.”

“We do believe that this is domestic-related, possibly.”

Police were called to the home in Atkins around 5pm on Friday after a family member visited and found five people dead.

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The incident is believed to be isolated and police are not looking for a suspect.

While local authorities have not identified a suspect, they say that they do not believe that a suspect is at large.

“At this time, we believe this to be an isolated incident, and do not feel that there is any continued danger to the local public,” the Pope County Sheriff’s Office later said in a statement.

A car is seen at the Atkins, Arkansas property where five people were found dead on Christmas Day.
A car is seen at the Atkins, Arkansas property where five people were found dead on Christmas Day. Credit: CNN

On Sunday, distraught relatives of the family set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the funerals of the deceased.

“On Christmas day, we received unimaginable news,” said organiser Melissa Renee Brown.

“Five of our precious relatives were found deceased in their home.

“A grandmother, mother, and three children, all taken from us.”

While they have not identified a suspect, they do not believe anyone is at large. The suspect is believed to be among the dead, Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones said at a press conference Saturday afternoon.
While they have not identified a suspect, they do not believe anyone is at large. The suspect is believed to be among the dead, Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones said at a press conference Saturday afternoon.

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Ms Brown said she had received approval from the only surviving family member to create the fundraiser on their behalf.

“We need the community to pray for peace, guidance, wisdom, truth, and justice,” the fundraiser post said.

“We need you to share this post.

“And for anyone who can donate anything, big or small, we thank you tremendously for the outpouring of love.”

Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Crime Lab are involved in the ongoing investigation.

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