Family of 4 Was Shot; Dad Bought Gas Cans
Florida arson looks like murder-suicide
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2014 5:12 PM CDT
In this photo provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, flames destroy a mansion owned by former tennis star James Blake.   (AP Photo/Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – As expected, it looks like the death of a Florida family of four in an arson is a murder-suicide. Authorities say all four victims found in the Tampa mansion—presumed to be Darrin Campbell; wife Kim; son Colin, 19; and daughter Megan, 16—had been shot, and the gun was registered to the father, reports AP. Investigators also say that Darrin Campbell bought fireworks and gas cans a few days before the fire. Witnesses reported hearing the fireworks go off as the house burned down, and investigators say they had been scattered around the house. Investigators say they aren't looking for additional suspects, reports the Tampa Tribune.

Autopsies were still being conducted, and police haven't speculated in detail about what might have happened inside the home. Campbell had worked as chief operating officer for a Tampa company called VASTEC, and no neighbors or family members quoted in various stories saw anything amiss with him or the family. “I have no idea what happened,” his mother tells the New York Daily News. “I spoke to him last night.” The Campbells had rented the mansion for the last two years from former tennis pro James Blake.

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Going For Broke
May 10, 2014 4:56 PM CDT
The gun did it! There was not a human factor involved? You antigun jerk offs don't have a clue. This nut case without a doubt had a plan to end his life and his family. It would have been good if another family member could have had a weapon, such as a gun to stop him. But I guess that would have been out of the question for the antigun people. Sad that someone couldn't have stopped him. He was determined this was the end for them all.
Ms_Angie
May 9, 2014 12:02 PM CDT
Why is it, that when a parent decides to end their life they must take the innocent with them?
plain_speaking
May 9, 2014 7:22 AM CDT
I do not like guns...I want more laws to oversee them....but in this case...nothing would have helped.....