A dad and his three children have been shot by the kids’ uncle in a ‘lone attacker’ mass shooting at the family’s home in Canada.
Schoolteacher Chris Traynor, 50, and his children Bradley Traynor, 20, Adelaide Traynor, 15, Joseph Traynor, 11, all died in the bloodbath in the Ontario city of Oshawa on Friday morning.
Chris’ wife Loretta, also a schoolteacher, was injured in the attack, but survived and is recovering in hospital, according to local reports.
Authorities say the children’s uncle, 48-year-old Mitchell Lapa, killed all four before turning his gun on himself.
The Toronto Sun reports he is 50-year-old Loretta Traynor’s brother.
Homicide detectives are still puzzling the motive for the mass shooting at the family home in the lakeside city.
Investigators told local media they suspect Lapa, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, drove to the family home ‘uninvited’ in his pick-up trip before gunning down his relatives.
A vehicle located at the scene with Manitoba licence plates was registered to Lapa.
Chris was a teacher at Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School and his wife teaches at St Theresa Catholic School, according to reports.
The couple’s son Joseph was a student at Sir Albert Love Catholic School and daughter Adelaide, was a student at the high school at which the dad taught.
Their son Bradley, attended the University of Guelph.
“Investigators also want to speak to anyone who knew the lone attacker, Mitchell Lapa, as they seek to understand the motivation and reasons for this attack,” Durham police said in a statement on Sunday.
“If anyone has details or background information about him, they are asked to contact their local police service or one of our lead investigators.”
Tributes have poured in for the family, as their local community was left reeling in shock at the horrific loss of life.
A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the surviving members of their family said: “The Traynor family were beloved and active members of the Oshawa community.
“Their acts of kindness, love and generosity are unmatched. The impact the family had on everyone they touched will be forever remembered.”
The page had raised more than $127,000 (£74,000) by Tuesday.
The Durham Catholic District School Board’s director of education said in a statement reported by the Sun that it would be offering support to students and families who knew the Traynors.
“Words cannot adequately express our profound shock and deep sorrow over this terrible event,” Tracy Barill said in a statement.
“As a Catholic community rooted in faith, we continue to pray for the family members and those affected most directly by this heartbreaking news.”
You can visit the fundraising page for the family here.
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