HERRIN — A fire discovered in the early morning hours on Christmas has been deemed part of a murder-suicide, according to Williamson County authorities.
According to a Friday news release from Williamson County Coroner Michael “Junior” Burke, Herrin Police received a call around 2:49 a.m. Wednesday with the report of a house fire at 2705 N. Park Ave.
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While fighting the blaze, which gutted much of the house, the release said firefighters found two deceased males, identified as 46-year-old Richard S. Lowe and his son, 12-year-old Gavin Lowe.
Burke’s news release said autopsies led to the conclusion that the event was a murder-suicide involving an intentionally set fire.
“Further investigations indicate the father tragically shot the son and then turned the gun on himself after setting the home on fire,” Burke wrote in the release.
When asked about motive or other details surrounding the case, Burke declined comment because of the pending investigation. He did, however, confirm that a dog also died in the fire.
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