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Father Called 911 to Report Murder of Family Before Taking His Own Life

A father of two apparently killed his wife and daughters before calling 911 and then taking his own life in their Windsor Forest, Virginia, home on Thursday, November 17. 

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., police received a short call from a man who identified himself as Lance Buckley and said he wanted to report three murders and a suicide, WUSA9 reported Friday. When authorities arrived, they discovered the lifeless bodies of Lance Buckley, 35, Amy, 30, and their kids, Claire, 5, and Abigail, 17 months, in the lower level of their home.

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Lance Buckley, Amy, and their kids Claire, and Abigail
Lance and Amy Buckley, and their kids, Claire and Abigail.

“The preliminary investigation shows that the incident was domestically related and is a murder-suicide,” M.C. Morris Moncure, spokeswoman for the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, said Thursday. Authorities have not yet released further details.

This is not, in fact, the first time Lance has been in the news. Back in May 2015, he went missing for three days while on his way to pick up a graduation packet at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was completing his doctorate in microbiology. At the time, Amy, who had given birth to Abigail just 11 days earlier, appeared on local news pleading for her husband’s return. “Lance, I love you so much. No matter what, I just want you to come home,” she said through tears. “I just want you home, baby. I love you. You’re the love of my life.”

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He was found safe at the Brunswick Family Campground in Brunswick, Maryland. “We have no information right now. There’s just so many questions,” Buckley’s mother, Loretta, told Fox5 at the time. “We are just so relieved to have Lance back to us.” The family nor authorities have ever provided an explanation for his earlier disappearance.

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