Police said three young children awoke Saturday morning to discover their mother and father dead in the home in Smyrna. Investigators said the incident appeared to be a murder-suicide.
According to Police Chief Kevin Arnold, one of the children, an 8-year-old, walked to a neighbor's house around 6:41 a.m., carrying a gun. Police said the child told the neighbor that his parents were dead.
Arnold said the neighbor contacted police, who found Sharon Forbes, 34, and her estranged husband Adytia Ramotar, 32, dead in the home on Bolton Drive.
Detectives concluded that Ramotar shot and killed Forbes and then turned the gun on himself.
According to police, the couple had been married at one point, then divorced, and were attempting to reconcile.
Two of the young children at home were the couple's; however, the 2-year-old child belongs to Forbes' sister, Arnold said.
Both Ramotar and Forbes were natives of the country of Guyana but were in the country legally, according to investigators.
Police said they have not had any prior contact with the family.
Neighbors said the children were well-behaved and friendly. The 6-year-old and 8-year-old attended school at Stewartsboro Elementary School. School officials said they would have counselors available to help the children and any classmates who needed assistance.
Forbes' children are in the custody of the Department of Children's Services and are being prepared to be handed over to family.
"Our investigation so far reveals the children did not witness the violent act in the home," Arnold said.
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