Saturday afternoon at a trailer park in Graham, Washington, five children ages 7 to 16 were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Who would commit such a gruesome senseless crime?? Apparently, James Harrison… the father of the children. A sad domestic violence situation which ended in a murder-suicide. Not only did he murder 5 children, but about 20 miles away from the home in a still running car the father was found dead from an apparently self inflicted shot from a rifle. Four daughters and one son (Maxine, Samantha, Heather, Jaime & James) were found in the home after a relative alerted the authorities. The relative, while visiting the trailer could not get an answer at the door and upon looking through a window glimpsed a child’s body lying motionless in a bed. Four children were found slain in their beds and one was found slain in the bathroom.
A motive is not known in this case. Angela Harrison the mother of the children was not home at the time. According to the Associated Press (Entire Story Here),
“Ryan Peden, a classmate of the eldest daughter, said she told him Friday night that her parents had gotten into a fight and her mother had left. The father followed the mother and tried to get her to return, said Peden, 16.”
The father was a diesel mechanic and the mother works at Wal-Mart. According to Yahoo News, Apparently former neighbors of the Harrison family feared for the children after hearing the father yelling at the children on several occasions.
Carolyn and Raymond Bader, a former neighbor of the family, told The Seattle Times they often heard the father yelling at the children. The Baders said they called the sheriff’s department and several times with their concerns.
Did the system fail these children? Could these five deaths have been avoided?