Marsha Edwards, 58, and her two children Erin Edwards, 20, and Chris Edwards, 24, were found dead in their Atlanta home Wednesday evening
Investigators suspect Marsha shot her children then turned the gun on herself, just hours after posting ‘I could not ask for better children’ to Instagram on her return from vacation to Italy
Their bodies were discovered in the wealthy gated community of Vinings Parc East Wednesday evening at 6pm during a police welfare check
Marsha was divorced from the children’s father Dr. Christopher Edwards, a prominent, second generation orthopedic surgeon in the Atlanta area
Proud mother Marsha Edwards had posted happy photos on Facebook on a family vacation in Italy with her daughter, two days prior, on Monday August 19
On Wednesday, the day the bodies were found, she posted on Instagram saying: ‘I could not have asked for better children’
‘Fortunate to have dinner at The Vatican after our tour,’ she wrote in a post on Monday.
On Wednesday, the same day as the killings, Marsha posted to Instagram in an eerie post: ‘I’ve had the best summer, first with Chis in Miami, and Erin in Italy. I could not ask for better children.’
Following the shocking deaths, Christopher released a statement via the family spokesperson Jeff Dickerson.
‘Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made,’ it read.
Authorities have not released any further information about the apparent double murder-suicide and the investigation is ongoing.
The Edwards, a prominent family in the Atlanta area, lived in a wealthy gated townhouse community called Vinings Parc East, located 12 miles outside downtown Atlanta.
The family was well known in the community and mingled in the medical and media circles in the city, and boasted a close friendship with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
Dr. Christopher Edwards was the son of the late Delmar Edwards, who was the first black orthopedic surgeon in Columbus, Georgia and respected figure in the medical community.
The killings came a shock to neighbors who described the Edwards as a ‘happy family’.
‘From our knowledge, no malice between the children or nothing like that. They just seemed like a normal happy family,’ one neighbor said to WTVM.
Mother and daughter smile in their last photos – Marsha shared these snaps in an Instagram gallery in her final Instagram post on Wednesday showing off their dream Italian vacation
Marsha Edwards had a doctorate degree in medicine who owned medical supply company MME Enterprises, which she founded in July 2015, according to the company website. It’s not clear when she and Dr. Christopher Edwards divorced.
In April, her daughter Erin boasted about her mother’s achievements after Marsha was named one of Atlanta’s 100 most powerful and influential women of 2019 by the Women Works Media Group.
Erin Edwards was a junior student at Boston University studying journalism. She just wrapped up a summer internship with NBC 4 New York.
The station’s vice president, Benjamin Berkowitz, expressed condolences to Erin Edwards’ family and friends in a statement.
‘Erin Edwards was a gifted storyteller with a passion for her work,’ Berkowitz said. ‘Her enthusiasm was infectious and her smile lit up a room. She was an incredibly decent, kind person who earned our admiration. Her talent was truly God-given.’
Evening anchor Stefan Holt said in a newscast on Thursday: ‘All of us in the newsroom just shocked to hear this news.’
‘Erin was a special person – exuberant, cheerful, a gifted story teller who just had a passion for journalism and it showed.’
Chris was digital content manager for the City of Atlanta and worked in the Mayor’s Office of Entertainment, according to WXIA.
‘Derek and I joining the greater Atlanta community in mourning the loss of three members of the beloved Edwards family. Chris and Erin were beautiful, vibrant, and brilliant young adults, whom we had the pleasure of knowing their entire live. They filled the lives of all who met them with joy, compassion and kindness,’ she said.
The family were members of the National Association of Black Journalists and the three recently attended an NABJ event in Miami.
The organization shared a statement following their deaths.
‘The #NABJ family has lost three of our own. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Marsha Edwards, Christopher Edwards II and Erin Edwards. This tragedy has claimed the lives of three members, but touches countless more.’