Family of four shot in alleged Father’s Day murder-suicide by veteran with PTSD

A family of four have been found shot dead in a suspected Father's Day murder-suicide.

Police believe military veteran Nicholas Mavrakis, 47, killed his wife and two children after a row.

Their bodies were discovered in Jackson Township, Ohio, on Sunday.

Mavrakis was found dead alongside his wife Lesley, 37, son Ace, 13, and daughter Pippa, five, following a welfare check.

A relative had called police after becoming concerned there was no answer at the front door, The Canton Repository reports.

They told 911 dispatchers: "I don't know what's going on. I know her husband has like, PTSD from the military and he's been having problems."

Police are investigating the shootings as a triple murder and suicide.

They said in a statement: "This incident is being investigated as a domestic dispute that turned deadly.

"At this time it is believed there are no other persons involved in this incident."

Records show Mavrakis retired as a staff sergeant in 2013 after 20 years service and tours of Afghanistan and Iraq.

He was deployed to Afghanistan for seven months from January 2002 and later served two tours in Iraq.

Floral tributes have been placed at the house.

One neighbour told the newspaper that the couple were "always ver cordial to me" and had moved to the neighbourhood in 2016.

He added that Mavrakis suffered from PTSD as a result of his deployments in the Middle East.

Jackson Local Schools Superintendent Chris DiLoreto said in a statement: "Our district grieves the loss of two young children.

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"Ace Mavrakis was well-liked by faculty and staff at Jackson Memorial Middle School. He was a member of the Jackson High School ninth-grade football team.

"Pippa Mavrakis was registered to start kindergarten at Strausser Elementary School in August."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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