Police identify family in Scottsdale triple murder-suicide
Jason Fairbanks shot and killed his wife Annie, 39, and their daughters ages 3 years and 9 months children in their home in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday
Fairbanks, also 39, then shot himself
The couple who owned a physical therapy and rehabilitation business, reportedly, had been experiencing financial struggles
Tragic family portrait: Annie and Jason Fairbanks [left]. Annie with one of their daughters [right]
Jason Fairbanks, 39, Annie Fairbanks, 39, and their 3-year-old daughter and 9-month-old son died Friday afternoon, the Scottsdale Police Department said Saturday morning.
Two adults and two children died in a shooting in north Scottsdale on Friday afternoon in what police believe is an isolated incident.
Officers responded to the shooting at about 2 p.m., police said, found that
Jason Fairbanks shot and killed his wife and children in their home in a quiet upper-middle-class neighborhood, near Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Thunderbird Road, said Sgt. Ben Hoster, Scottsdale Police Department spokesman, on Friday.
He then shot and killed himself.
When Jason did not show up to work, a co-worker went to the home and discovered the bodies, Sgt Hoster said.
The couple reportedly, had been experiencing financial struggles. The two owned a Scottsdale business, Macrotherapy, specializing in physical therapy and rehabilitation.
According to an event page, Annie Fairbanks was a Master CHEK Practitioner and a doctor of holistic nutrition.
“He wasn’t a bad person.” said Jason’s sister, Laura Fairbanks who described her older brother as a protector. She said he worked seven days a week to provide for his family. However, she knew that funds were not coming in like Jason needed them to.
“I just wished he had asked for help,” she said.
“Jason could make people laugh in ways you never thought you could. He was an extraordinary big brother.”
One of her favorite memories was when her father and Jason would visit her at the restaurant where she worked. She said the two of them would visit daily and make everyone around them laugh.
“They were closer than any father and son could be,” Laura Fairbanks said.
Laura described Annie Fairbanks as someone who was always smiling.
“When you were around her, she just made you feel all right,” she said. “It was just her presence.”
“[Jason and Annie] moved in together, and a year and half later they were married,” Laura said. “Boy, she loved those kids. She loved them so much.”