Police: Florida woman shot and killed teen son and daughter before killing herself

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, January 13, 2014 19:01 EDT
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Police say Jennifer Berman (right) shot and killed her children before shooting herself [WFOR-TV]
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Police in West Palm Beach, Florida confirmed on Monday evening that a local woman shot and killed her two teenage children in their home before turning the gun on herself, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The victims were identified as Jennifer Berman, who owned the home, and her children, 16-year-old Alexander Berman and 15-year-old Jacqueline Berman. Police went to the residence after being called by Jennifer Berman’s ex-husband, Richard Berman, just after 8 a.m. local time Monday morning. Richard Berman told authorities Jennifer Berman had sent him an email threatening to “do harm” to herself or the children. Jennifer Berman and the two children were found dead inside with gunshot wounds.

No motive has been confirmed for the shootings, but neighbors told WFOR-TV that Jennifer Bowman had been experiencing financial difficulties, and was in danger of losing the home, which originally owned by her mother. The Post reported that the residence has been in foreclosure since June 2010. Richard Berman is also listed as an owner.

“It’s a shame,” one neighbor, Rod Tinson, said to WFOR. “You know it’s just sickening to hear. The kids too. The teenage kids won’t have a life to grow up to.”

Watch WFOR’s report, as aired on Monday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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