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What to Know

  • Police found two adults and three children dead inside a Prices Corner, Delaware home Monday night.

  • Friends & family identified the victims as Julie & Matthew Edwards & their children Brinley, Jacob & Paxton.

  • Police say there is no threat to the general public.

A mother, father and their three young children died in a shooting inside their Delaware home sometime Monday evening. A neighbor says the father told him he recently lost his job.

Troopers found the gunshot victims on the second floor of a home on Ferris Road in Prices Corner, New Castle County, shortly before 8 p.m. Monday, Delaware State Police said.

Family members and neighbors identified the gunshot victims as 42-year-old Matthew Edwards, 41-year-old Julie Edwards and their children Brinley, Jacob and Paxton. The children were 8 years of age or younger.

"With a heavy heart, our thoughts and prayers are with this family," Delaware State Police Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

Children's toys, including a slide and kiddie pool, are on the lawn outside the home. A neighbor told NBC10 his children played with the Edwards children.

"There's three kids in there, wife and husband," Brian Covenko told NBC10. "Kind of in shock as we're really friends with them."

Neighbors said Matthew Edwards would play outside with his children when he was home.

Julie Edwards is seen with her three children. See Larger
Photo credit: Facebook/ NBC10

One neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said he just saw the children playing with his children outside over the weekend. He said Matthew Edwards, who worked out of town, told him he recently had lost his job and was having marital problems.

Julie Edwards advocated for the Williams Syndrome Association in social media posts. Williams Syndrome is a developmental disorder that can include moderate intellectual disability or learning problems and cardiovascular problems, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Authorities haven't given word on what caused the shooting.

"There is no concern for the safety of the surrounding area," police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (302) 365-8441.

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