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Murder-suicide in St. Augustine leaves four children without parents this Father’s Day weekend – 104.5 WOKV

Murder-suicide in St. Augustine leaves four children without parents this Father’s Day weekend – 104.5 WOKV

Murder-suicide in St. Augustine leaves four children without parents this Father’s Day weekend – 104.5 WOKV

STREET. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Local residents and firefighters are searching for answers after what deputies are calling a “murder-suicide.”

Shawn and Andrea Yarbrough were found dead in their home Thursday night. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said Andrea was killed by her husband, St. Johns County Fire Lt. Shawn Yarbrough, who then turned the gun on himself.

Now, four children are left without parents this Father’s Day weekend.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting occurred Thursday night in the Entrada subdivision on County Road 207, near Wildwood Drive.

Neighbors said they were shocked. Many told Action News that Jax had just seen the couple earlier in the week in the neighborhood.

Several neighbors declined an on-camera interview, but said both Shawn and Andrea Yarbrough were active in the community.

“She was on the HOA board here and did a lot for the neighborhood. We, the neighbors, are struggling to find peace and we are very sad. “We really need each other right now.”

While it is unclear what led to the shooting, Andrea Yarbrough reposted a message on the Fire Department’s Facebook on May 1; The department detailed the number of calls that the Fire Department has made so far this year. She later commented, “This is why all of our loved ones are exhausted and never function 100% at home.”

Action News Jax first reported in 2022 that there were two suicides in the fire department that year, leading to a request for emergency funding to approve $500,000 in mental health assistance for the department.

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St. John Fire Chief Sean McGee issued a statement Saturday that reads in part:

“The recently reported events were unexpected, shocking and tragic for everyone affected. “As a department, we are deeply saddened by the loss of life… recognizing its lasting impact on the families and children of those affected.”

This neighbor said she is surprised and hopes that the family’s children will be taken care of.

“It’s one of those things that we thought maybe could have been avoided. “We are all angry about going through the cycle of grief right now,” he said.

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The fire department is currently making peer and professional counseling available to the department.

Additionally, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said this was an isolated incident.

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