Sheriff ID’s mom, 4 children killed in Columbia murder-suicide

Tennessee News

The woman and four children found dead inside their Columbia home Monday night has been identified.  

Sheriff Bucky Rowland said all five people – Cynthia Collier, Bo Li, 14, Meigin Lin, 14, Lia Lin, 15, and Kaileigh Lin, 17 – were shot in the head. Three of the victims were found in their beds, while the fourth was found in a bathroom. Two guns were found at the scene, according to the sheriff.  

Police said all four of the deceased children were adopted.  

Authorities responded to the home on Carters Creek Pike just after 6 p.m. Monday after an adult child returned from work and discovered the bodies of Collier and the children.  

Sheriff Rowland said there was information at the home indicating the deaths were a murder-suicide. He also said a short suicide note was found. 

According to Rowland, there have not been any previous calls from the home, which he described as immaculate. 

He added that Collier was a stay-at-home mom and the four teens were home-schooled.  

The father and other family members have been questioned.  

“Keep the investigators, first responders and victims’ family in your prayers,” Rowland said.  

Autopsies will be performed.   A motive has not been released. 

Additional information was not immediately released.  The investigation is ongoing. 

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