A mom and dad and their two children were found dead in their northern Virginia home yesterday after concerned co-workers of one of the parents called police. Homicide detectives on the scene said there was no threat to public safety, indicating that the deaths could be murder-suicide. The two boys in the family, one in high school and the other in middle school, weren't in class this week. The family had recently attended a community picnic in their Herndon neighborhood, and showed no signs of any problem, said a neighbor.
The father, who had lived on the block with his wife for 28 years, would frequently be on his front porch waving to cars, and the boys often played soccer in the front yard, he added. Any violence in the home seems "completely out of character," another neighbor told a CBS reporter, wiping away tears. The town close to Washington, DC, is considered safe, but there were three murder-suicide cases in the area in the month of July. (Read more crime stories.)