Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Friday, July 6, 2012

13-year old girl and her 11-year old brother killed along with mother by father in Oregon

Bailey (left) and Jackson (right) Engels, ages 13 & 11
Randall and Amy Engels had recently ended their 14-year marriage, and Amy feared that Randall was an "immediate danger" to their children, 13-year old Bailey and 11-year old Jackson, but temporary custody was not granted to her.  Amy took the kids away from their home in Dundee, Oregon, and moved to nearby Newberg.

Then, on July 4, they returned to the home for some reason.  That is when Randall shot them all to death before taking his own life.

A suspicious Facebook status update on Randall's page led a friend to be concerned.  He notified police, who then went to the home and found the bodies.

From an article and news video:
Amy Engels had filed for divorce from Randall Engels on May 29, and she moved with their children from their home in Dundee to nearby Newberg nearly five weeks earlier, court records show. They had been married 14 years. 
Police have not given a motive for the shooting or said why Amy Engels and the children were back at the house on July Fourth. 
When Amy Engels filed for divorce, she asked a Yamhill County judge to issue an emergency temporary custody and parenting order, citing an "immediate danger" to her children. 
"My husband has threatened to steal them and not return them," she said in an affidavit. "He has threatened to hurt them. He yells at them and makes them feel nervous and upset." 
A handwritten decision read, "Denied — danger not established." It was signed by Circuit Judge Cal Tichenor.

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