Vegan chef and author posted a Christmas Day song with his son on Facebook just 90 minutes ‘before he killed the 11-year-old boy, his 10-month-old daughter, and his estranged wife
Anthony Milan Ross, 45, has been arrested after he allegedly shot his wife and two kids dead on Christmas Day at an upscale apartment complex in Phoenix, Ariz.
Chef Milan Ross shot estranged wife, 38-year-old Iris, Nigel, 11, and 10-month-old Anora on Dec 25
The known vegan chef and author lost a significant amount of weight in his 20s when he cut out animal products
His former sister-in-law whom he texted a confession of his deeds, described the motivational speaker as ‘dark’, suffering depression
Anthony and Iris reportedly in the middle of divorce proceedings, had been living separately
Ross injured an officer in a shootout before surrendering to officers Monday night at an apt complex
He’s been charged with three counts first-degree murder, more than a dozen counts aggravated assault on an officer
Vegan chef and motivational speaker Anthony Milan Ross, who is accused of killing his estranged wife and two children including Nigel [right], on Christmas Day
The man thought to have killed his estranged wife and two children on Christmas is a well-known vegan chef, author and motivational speaker who suffered from depression but recently turned his life around.
Police said Tuesday that Anthony Milan Ross was arrested late Monday night after exchanging gunfire with officers following a six-hour standoff in a Phoenix, Arizona apartment complex, according to AZ Central.
Iris Ross [center], and her children Nigel [left], and 10-month-old Anora, who were all killed in Monday’s tragedy
The 45-year-old has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and more than a dozen counts of aggravated assault on an officer. He wasn’t hurt in the police standoff.
Witnesses told police they saw him shoot his estranged wife Iris Ross as she tried to run away from him. When the officers asked the suspect if the victim, he replied ‘no’ and pointed his gun at them before entering his apartment, where witnesses said they heard two or three more gunshots, according to police.
Anthony Ross [center], with two of the victims, his wife Iris [left],and his son Nigel
Police found the bodies of all three in a Phoenix apartment complex. They found the wife lying outside an apartment, and when they tried to enter to see if the children were still alive, the suspect resisted resulting in a six-hour standoff with the officers.
The prominent Vegan chef, author and motivational speaker has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and more than a dozen counts of aggravated assault on an officer. He wasn’t hurt in the police standoff.
On Christmas afternoon Ross posted a touching video alongside his 11-year-old son, Nigel, singing ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town.’
Just 90 minutes later police said the shooting rampage began.
Ross’s social media fans have reacted with shock by the disturbing news, as hundreds of his fans commented their horror on the video, which remains on his page.
Police responded to the apartment at around 4pm on Monday afternoon, finding Iris’s body outside an apartment in the complex.
When police began to enter the apartment a standoff with Ross ensued.
Ross, who was commonly known by Milan by his fans, lost a significant amount of weight in his 20s when he switched to a vegan lifestyle.
He then became a chef and started writing and doing inspirational videos about his transformation and new lifestyle.
Milan Ross sent ex-sister-in-law a chilling message Tuesday, “I just killed Iris and the kids.”
“with a gun.”
Ross was also featured alongside celebrities such as James Cameron and Samuel L Jackson in a feature-length documentary about veganism.
His Facebook profile more than 6,200 followers as of Tuesday night, though it seems that number may have dwindled throughout the day as news of the tragedy spread.
However, Ross was also battling depression, according to Iris’s sister Mary Wogas.
‘I received a text yesterday around 2.52pm,’ Wogas told ABC 15, explaining that the texts came from her former brother-in-law.
‘Two messages, first one saying “I just killed Iris and the kids. The second message was “with a gun.” I knew that man was very unstable. I knew he had a very, very dark side. I didn’t know it was this dark.’
Ross, who was commonly known by Milan by his fans, lost a significant amount of weight in his 20s when he switched to a vegan lifestyle
Howard said Ross lived in a different town and was in Phoenix visiting the children for Christmas. It’s still not clear the motive for the killings
Tuesday morning police confirmed Ross as the father of the two dead children and that he and Iris were an estranged couple.
Anthony Milan Ross and his son Nigel
After finding Iris’s body and confronting Ross, they negotiated with him for hours in a standoff, hoping that one or both of them were still alive.
He eventually told them that he’d killed the children, according to Sgt. Jonathan Howard, but not until after he’d changed his stories and said they were alive and threatened to kill them if police didn’t leave him.
After several hours the Special Assignments Unit sent a robot into the apartment and it became apparent that the infant, Anora, was dead.
‘Throughout the negotiations, he made comments that he had killed the children. He made some notifications to some family members that he had killed the children,’ Howard said.
At around 7:30pm they also shut off power before going into the apartment while fending off gunfire from the suspect.
A few minutes later in a different room they found Nigel’s body.
Ross surrendered to officers Monday night [photo], after the killing his family and a subsequent shootout with police at an apartment complex. He wasn’t hurt, but an officer was injured by shrapnel and hospitalized in stable condition.
Chef and author Anthony Ross has been charged with killing his wife and two children, on Christmas Day
Iris [left], and her son Nigel [right]. Mother and son were killed Monday by her estranged husband Anthony Ross along with their 10-month-old daughter, Anora
Anthony Ross and his son and Nigel. He murdered the 11-year-old on Christmas day
Ross and Iris were involved in divorce proceedings, according to court records
Howard said Ross lived in a different town and was in Phoenix visiting the children for Christmas. It’s still not clear the motive for the killings.
Ross and Iris were involved in divorce proceedings after Iris filed the papers in June, according to court records.