Five People Found Dead in Home After Apparent Murder-Suicide in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania

Five People Found Dead in Home After Apparent Murder-Suicide in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania

SINKING SPRING, PENNSYLVANIA – The bodies of Megan and Mark Short, and their three children, all with gunshot wounds, were found Saturday in a Winding Brook Drive home, police said, adding it appeared to be a murder-suicide.

Authorities say a family of five has died in an apparent murder-suicide.

The Reading Eagle reports the bodies were discovered around 3 p.m. Saturday in the family’s home in a subdivision in Sinking Spring, outside of Reading.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams identified the family as Mark Short, his wife, Megan, and their children Liana, Mark and Willow. He says they all died of gunshot wounds

Willow had undergone a heart transplant as a baby. Her family had been featured in articles in The Reading Eagle in 2014 and The New York Times in 2015 about her condition and the family’s difficulties obtaining anti-rejection medication for her.

The district attorney’s office is leading an investigation into the deaths with assistance from police from Sinking Spring and Spring Township.

A neighbor said that the community where the family lived is close-knit. The unnamed neighbor, who spoke with the Eagle, said everybody knows one another there.

“I cannot wrap my head around it,” she said. Another unnamed neighbor added: “I never would’ve suspected there were any issues.”

Sophie Zientek, a cheerleading camp counselor described Lianna. “She’s just beautiful, so sweet, quiet. She just wanted to have a good time all the time,” she told6ABC

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