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Irish mum, husband and kids 'die in US murder-suicide'

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Police officers at the scene of the incident in Reno, Nevada

Police officers at the scene of the incident in Reno, Nevada

Police officers at the scene of the incident in Reno, Nevada

An Irishwoman has been found dead alongside her two children and husband in the US in what local police suspect is a murder-suicide.

The bodies were discovered at the family home in Reno, Nevada, shortly after 11am local time - 7pm Irish time - on Wednesday.

The woman is believed to be from Co Kerry.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of the case and was providing consular assistance.

Reno Police said it discovered four bodies at a property in south Reno when officers called after it was reported that a body had been spotted outside.

A spokesman for Reno Police Department said: "Subsequent investigation revealed three other deceased subjects within the residence that are believed to be members of the same family who reside there. This appears to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community."

Local police said detectives were treating the case as a murder-suicide.

The bodies were removed and are being examined by the local pathologist's office.

Sergeant John Silver told the Reno Gazette Journal that police did not know what led up to the incident.

"We didn't have previous calls or anything like that," he said.

"We're still at the beginning stages. We need to determine exactly what happened. We're going to have to go through this whole house to make sure we cover all the bases and make sure our initial thoughts are accurate."

Condolence

The two juveniles who died were students at Damonte Ranch High School.

Earlier this year, three students at the same school died in separate incidents.

Dozens of people from the local community gathered with signs of support and condolence at the school yesterday morning.

"We wanted to let the kids know we were out here for them," resident Kirsten Childers said.

"It has been such a hard year for everyone here at Damonte."

As students arrived at the school just before 8am, parents and local residents shouted: "You are loved."

In a statement regarding the deaths, principal Darvel Bell said: "We can rely on each other during this tragic time."