JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A day organized to be filled with love and laughter turned deadly Wednesday afternoon. A family reunion on the Northwest side of Jacksonville came to a screeching halt following an apparent murder-suicide.
Friends, family and neighbors embraced each other while in tears and in shock. A couple the family says was married for about 40 years were found dead inside of their home in the 3800 block of Ernjo Road.
According to a family friend, Oscar Waldon Tinsley and Nancie Tinsley were found dead around noon by their son. Their identities were confirmed by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Thursday.
"Very tragic," said Shondriel Robinson. "It's really sad. I mean just for him to go in and find his parents in that situation was very sad."
Edgewood Manor is a close knit neighborhood, a large family some would say, that is now left to grieve.
"I'll really miss both of them," said Reuben Brooks.
Brooks says he knew the Tinsley's for 12 years, and describes them as loving people. He says Nancie Tinsley recently retired from the Duval County School system after 35 years of service as a clerk.
"We just had a retirement party for her in May," said Brooks.
On Valentine's Day, according to JSO records, Oscar Tinsley, 67, was arrested and charged with domestic battery.
"I do not know what happened in that house today but the whole neighborhood is shocked," said Brooks.
That sentiment is shared by family members. Some of them who gathered outside of the Tinsley home Wednesday afternoon are from out-of town. They met for what was supposed to be a celebration and a time to reunite with family. But instead the hugs shared along Ernjo Road took on a different meaning.
"Instead of a joyous reunion, now they have to deal with two funerals," said Brooks.
JSO has not yet released an exact cause of death, but it does suspect foul play
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