A month after a couple was discovered dead in their Rhode Island home, investigators found the two died in an apparent murder-suicide.
Courtney Huard, 42, was “the victim of a domestic homicide” and was fatally shot by her husband, 51-year-old Eric Huard, while their three children were at home on June 22.
Investigation Into the Rhode Island Couple Found Dead With Their Children Nearby Comes to a Shocking Conclusion
After the shooting death of Courtney, police say Eric turned the gun on himself.
The couple’s children were found unharmed in the home.
“We are reminded that there are three children who lost their parents, and two families that are devastated by the loss of their loved ones,” Cumberland Police Chief Matthew J. Benson said in a statement on the department’s Facebook page Friday.
“Our thoughts continue to be with them at this time.”
At the start of the investigation, police said the incident “was not a random act of violence.”
Per Courtney’s Facebook page, the mom of three worked as a registered dietitian and nutritionist at a private practice.
Her obituary described her as a “loving and dedicated mother” to her three children.
“Those in the community would always see her on the sidelines of her children’s events with a bright smile, cheering them on,” read the notice.
A GoFundMe campaign organized on behalf of the Huard children is currently active.
“Thank you for the endless amount of love and support that has been sent to the Carpenter and Huard families during this time.” the GoFundMe read. “In an attempt to streamline donations for Grant, Blake and Sydney, we are establishing this fundraiser to provide immediate and ongoing assistance.”
If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.
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