ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla -- This afternoon in a 2pm news conference the St. Johns Sheriff's Office said the evidence indicates Donna McClulloch killed her two children and then herself. The family was found dead in their Julington Creek Plantation home Thursday afternoon.
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The sheriff's office said a relative found the bodies of Donna McCulloch, 40, Daniel Rashley, 8, and William Rashley, 7, Thursday afternoon. According to a news release from public information officer Sgt. Chuck Mulligan, all three had been shot, but the cause of death will be determined after autopsies.
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Police confirmed the father, Daniel Rashley, was in Ohio when the slayings occurred.
Grief counselors were made available for students today at Julington Creek Elementary School after two classmates were found dead Thursday.
School principal Michael Story said teachers began calling and notifying parents in the classrooms of the two slain children Thursday night.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office has identified the mother and two elementary school children found shot in a home in Julington Creek Plantation.
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Spokesperson Christina Langston with St. Johns County Schools confirms the children attended Julington Creek Elementary. Daniel was in second grade and William in first.
Langston said, "We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Student services and grief counselors will be at the school to provide support and counseling to students, teachers, staff and the entire school community tomorrow."
According to the school district both children were absent from school Thursday.
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Mulligan said deputies arrived at 504 Loveland Place shortly after 4:30 p.m. They met with extended family members who said they found the victims when they stopped by to check on them. The neighborhood is off Durbin Creek Blvd., south of Racetrack Rd.
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Mulligan said Detectives with the Robbery/Homicide section and patrol deputies are canvassing the neighborhood to find out more about the family and what may have led up to the incident.
Mulligan said crime scene detectives will continue to process the scene throughout the night. Sheriff David Shoar also added there is no danger to the surrounding community.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is holding a press conference at 2 p.m. First Coast News will stream that press conference on firstcoastnews.com and will have full coverage beginning at 5.
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