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A MAN who shot his wife and three young children dead inside their Ohio home was "father of the year", according to a relative.

The bodies of John Nelson, 44, wife Robin, 35, and their three children, Gavin, 12, Brianna, 10, and Liam, six, were discovered inside their Elyria home just after 8am on Wednesday.


5A family picture of the Nelsons 5John Nelson with his two sons who he later murdered

The family dog was also found dead at the property.   

On Thursday, Elyria Police released a statement saying they had determined that John Nelson was responsible for the murder-suicide. They did not disclose how they came to that conclusion.  

Cousin Ben Runyon told The Sun that no one close to the family saw the tragedy coming.

"(John was) father of the year, (he) kept kids super busy in school and after school sports he coached several of their teams, all three kids," Runyon said.

"(He was the) kind of guy that works to give the shirt off his back to friends, family and strangers."

But according to Runyon, the family has since learned that neighbors had overheard "a lot of arguing" coming from the Nelson home in recent months.

Runyon said police had revealed John Nelson left a suicide note but that details won't be disclosed until the investigation is complete.

Officers were called out to the home in Elyria on Wednesday morning after the father didn’t show up for work and his boss became concerned.

5Brianna, Liam and Gavin were killed by their father 5Their little bodies were discovered inside their family home

Neighbors told local media that they heard loud bangs and screams just after 5pm on Tuesday evening, but did not suspect anything was wrong. 

"About 5.20pm, I heard what sounded like firecrackers going off like 'pop pop pop pop pop,'' neighbor Enetta Hubbard told News5Cleveland.

Runyon told The Sun he last spoke with John Nelson over text message on Friday.

"I was asking him some advice about home safety, there had been some break ins around our area (and) my car was entered.

"A business down the street was broken into.

"(He advised me to) get a CCW (concealed carry weapon) and video cameras for the house."

In an old Facebook post, John Nelson described his wife and children as "my life".

"Sounds corny. I'm very makes you appreciate all the lil (sic) things," he wrote alongside a photo of the family in 2007.

Elyria City Schools confirmed the three children attended schools in their district.

“This devastating news has deeply shaken our staff and school community,” school officials said.

The district said an Elyria Schools team of counselors and social workers trained in trauma and crisis care will be available for students, parents, and staff in need of support at Elyria High School on Monday.

“I know they were trying to get out of this neighborhood and move out to the country somewhere and he just wanted to stay busy with the kids and keep them out of trouble so none of this is making any sense, were just lost right now,” cousin Ben Runyon told 19 News.

“They were a typical family. They kept the three kids busy. They were in baseball and volleyball and soccer and ballet. There was two boys and a girl and the wife worked as a nurse and he worked down the road at a plastic bag factory and he lived here his entire life."

5John, Brianna, Gavin, Liam and Robin Nelson

Meanwhile, the mayor of Elyria - which is located southwest of Cleveland - also paid tribute to the Nelson family. 

"My heart is broken for this family in particular the children. I cannot imagine the pain those close to them must feel and we send our deepest condolences and are here to support them and any of our residents who need our help," Mayor Frank Whitfield stated. 

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Gruesome testimony in hearing for Doomsday dad Chad Daybell

The grandparents of “Doomsday” dad Chad Daybell‘s adopted son wept in court Monday as a detective described finding the 7-year-old’s remains bound like a mummy in duct tape and plastic in a pet cemetery.

Ray Hermosillo, a cop from Rexburg, Idaho, said he and other investigators began digging on Daybell’s local rural property on the afternoon of June 10 after seeing a suspicious mound of freshly laid sod.

The stench that hit the officers as they began digging was overwhelming, the detective testified.

The cops quickly found “a black, what I can best describe as a plastic bag with a round object protruding through the dirt,’’ said Hermosillo —who took the stand at a preliminary hearing for Daybell to determine whether his case would remain in state court.

“It appeared to be a small body, tightly wrapped in black plastic, covered in duct tape,’’ the officer said —adding that Joshua “JJ” Vallow was dressed in red pajamas and black socks with the brand-name “Skecher” written across the toes.

Daybell and wife Lori Vallow Daybell are accused of concealing evidence by hiding the bodies of JJ and his 17-year-old sister, Tylee, who was Lori’s biological daughter with an ex-husband, on a section of his property where he also buried dead pets, including a cat and dog.

Lori Vallow Daybell (left), Joshua "JJ" Ryan (center) and 16-year-old Tylee Vallow (right)


Defense attorney John Prior (right) addresses Magistrate Judge Faren Eddins as to why he and Chad Daybell are not wearing masks in court


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Daybell has written books and spoken on podcasts about the supposed upcoming of the Apocalpyse — and he and his wife allegedly believed in evil spirits, or zombies, that could possess people.

One of Lori’s pals has said the mom repeatedly told her last year that JJ and Tylee had become “zombies’’ — and that the only way to get rid of an evil spirit was to kill the possessed person.

In court for the proceeding were JJ’s biological grandmother, Kay Woodcock, and her husband Larry Woodcock — who burst into tears listening to Hermosillo’s testimony.

The detective added that in addition to JJ’s pjs and socks, “I also observed a white and blue blanket that had been placed across the top.’’

But he said what most caught his attention was “the amount of duct tape that was covering the body, on the head, on the arms and on the feet.

“The head had a white plastic bag on top of it. It appeared to be a regular white trash bag,’’ the officer said.

There was duct tape around it “from his chin to his forehead area. Several layers of duct tape wrapped tightly,’’ Hermosillo said of the little corpse.

When the bag was removed, an “additional piece of duct tape was stretched from jawline to jawline across the mouth,’’ the detective said.

“His hands were folded about chest high. He had duct tape continuously wrapped from his elbows all the way around his arms to his hands. Several layers of duct tape,’’ the cop said of JJ.

As for the child’s hands, “The best way I can describe it is he had a ball of duct tape over where [they] would be.

“His wrists were also bound with another layer of duct tape,’’ Hermosillo said. “I noticed his ankles were also bound with duct tape as well.”

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