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Three dead in apparent murder-suicide

Moultrie, Ga.- The wife of a man law enforcement officials say killed their two children and attempted to kill before killing himself is recovering from what the Colquitt County Sheriff has called an enormous tragedy.

While the GBI continues to investigate what appears to be a murder-suicide that happened Monday night in Moultrie, Sheriff Al Whittington says that his department is shelling out support to the lone survivor, who was one of his employees.

"She's doing OK, I guess," Whittington said from his office in Moultrie Tuesday. "It's just such an overwhelming loss for anyone to have to go through. We're just trying to be there for her right now."

GBI Special-Agent-In-Charge Steve Turner says that the body of Kejie McDougald, and those of a 15-year-old youth and 8-year-old child were discovered by Colquitt County Sheriff's Deputies Monday night.

Turner says the deputies were dispatched to 178 Coolbreeze Drive in Moultrie in reference to a domestic dispute around 10:30 p.m., when they discovered the three bodies.

Monday's killings come in the middle of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Whittington said that the tragedy should illustrate the importance of working to prevent domestic violence.

"You know this was just a pure out tragedy," Whittington said. "He was a good member of the community. A volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club and the Superintendent said he was a great employee..but it's obvious that under the surface something just wasn't quite right."

"This is one of those things where you just scratch your head and ask yourself 'how could this have happened here?,'" he said.

The deaths are eerily similar to a 2002 murder-suicide in neighboring Tift County when Bobby Hill, a local businessman and patron in the community, shot and killed his wife Joy Hill before killing himself. Joy Hill's death galvanized community support behind the creation Ruth's Cottage, a domestic violence shelter in Tifton.