Two young children in Tennessee woke up to find their parents shot to death in their bed at home on Saturday morning in what is believed to be a murder-suicide.
The deceased Guyanese couple, Adytia Ramotar, 37 and Sharon Forbes, 35 were found by their 8-year-old son after Mr Ramotar who shot his ex-wife before turning the gun on himself,police believe.
According to a neighbor, the boy came to his doorstep at around 6.40am holding the weapon and explaining that his parents were both dead.
Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold stated that the fatal shooting happened as the 8-year-old, his 6-year-old sibling and the couple’s 2-year-old nephew slept in the Rosemont community home on Bolton Drive.
He explained: ‘We’ve learned so far that Mr. Ramotar and Ms. Forbes were married at one point, they divorced and they were most recently in the process of reconciling.
‘We know at this point that this event was preceded by some domestic issues.’
He added: ‘Our investigation so far reveals the children did not witness the violent act in the home.’
After arriving on the scene early Saturday morning, police secured the firearm from the neighbour and began their investigation into what might have triggered the tragic climax between the two Guyanese U.S. citizens.
One neighbour, Kevin Beard, told News Channel 5 that he saw Mr Ramotar with his children on Friday and everything had seemed normal.
‘[He] actually asked me can I move my car up a little bit because it was in the way of his truck,’ Mr Beard recalled. ‘They seemed all happy and everything, him and the kids.’
But most neighbours preferred to remain anonymous. The couple had only moved into the house two months prior and little was known about them.
One Bolton Drive resident did confess to hearing a popping sound at around 6am that he thought might be someone doing some DIY around the home. His daughter had also heard the noise and come into his room, upset.
Mr Beard lamented further: ‘It’s kind of sad actually and unexpected. To see somebody and talk to them and the next thing you know they’re gone. And to see their kids and not know who’s going to watch them or who’s going to be there for them.’
At this time, the children remain under the supervision of the Department of Child Services while they determine the most suitable family member with whom to place them
It’s so sad that this happened…
The children will remember this day forever…