Megan and Mark Short with children: Willow, 2,Liana, 8, and Mark, 5
Mark Short a Pennsylvania dad killed his family acquired murder-suicide gun the day before the killings
After a domestic dispute the previous day, Short, 40, legally purchased the handgun that he used to slay his family
The father of three fatally shot his wife Megan, 33, who was going to leave him that day along with Liana, 8, Mark, 5, Willow, 2 and the family’s pet dog, Saturday
The loan officer who had just been demoted at work, also shot himself inside the family home in Sinking Spring, Berks County
Mark Short with his kids – Mark, Liana and Willow – He bought a gun and killed them after a dispute with his wife
Mark Short, the Pennsylvania father who killed his wife and three young children in a gruesome murder-suicide bought his gun after his wife had recently called the police to their home. Megan Short, 33, claimed she was a domestic abuse victim and planned to leave her husband, Mark, 40, in the weeks before the attack.Click Here!
According to Berks County District Attorney John Adams, the “domestic issues” between the couple’s 16-year marriage preceded the deadly attack. Infact, police were called to the home of the couple, who were in the process of separating, three weeks before the family was found dead in their Berks County home last Saturday.
A relative had called the authorities after Megan failed to appear for a lunch date. When Checked on the home, police found five bodies in the living room. Megan and Mark Short, as well as, their three children: Liana, 8, Mark, 5, and Willow, 2, along with a pet dog, were found dead inside the family’s Sinking Spring, Berks County home. A handgun and a murder-suicide note was recovered near one of the adults.
Megan Short, told 911 operatore she was afraid of her husband after the incident on July 18, but there were no physical injuries and no charges were filed. But, according to county DA Adams , Mark Short went out the next day and legally purchased the .38 caliber handgun that he would later use to slay his family.
A day after treating his children the Hersheypark theme park, Mark Short killed each child with a single gunshot including the youngest, 2-year-old Willow, who had previously made headlines as a “miracle baby” after surviving a heart transplant as a newborn. Short left a suicide note near the bodies admitting to the murders.
Adams noted that there had been “a couple of prior incidents” of domestic disputes, and said that security had responded to the Shorts at a Philadelphia hotel in June. After the July incident, Megan told police she was going to get a protective order, but never followed up.
Apparently, she had been planning on moving to a new apartment on the day of the murders. Loan officer Mark had been demoted on the job at the beginning of August, after what Adams said was poor attendance at work attributed to the couple’s marriage deteriorating.