Mother, daughters killed in double murder-suicide at West Nashville condo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - A mother and her two daughters died in a double murder-suicide at a West Nashville condo Wednesday afternoon.  

It happened at a home on Cana Circle at The Cloister at St. Henry, a 55 and up neighborhood located between highways 70 and 100. 

Police responded to the home just after 2 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from 97-year-old Rachel Andrews.  

The dispatcher reported hearing Rachel saying, “Please don’t kill me” and another woman saying, “I have to. Hang the phone up. Mama, hang the phone up.”  

Upon their arrival, police found the three women – Rachel, and her two daughters, Barbara Andrews, 68, and Gail Andrews Miller, 65, with gunshot wounds to their chests.  

Rachel, who was clinging to life when officers arrived, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she died.  

Her two daughters were both pronounced dead at the scene.  

Police spokesman Don Aaron said the preliminary investigation shows that Gail drove to the condo that her mother and sister shared and opened fire on the two women in the back of the home before shooting herself.  

Aaron said a suicide note was found at Gail’s nearby home on Sneed Road. In the note, she apparently asked for forgiveness “for what she is doing.”  

According to Aaron, the note also instructed Gail’s husband to call a family friend and tell them to go to her mother’s home. Aaron said it appeared Gail may have wanted the family friend to find them at her mother’s home.  

“It’s a tragedy on this Thanksgiving eve,” Aaron said.  

Police said a gun was found at Gail’s feet and that she had suffered from medical issues in the past.  

A motive for the shooting remains unknown.  

The investigation is continuing.  

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