Florida church musician kills wife, two adult children

A Florida sheriff described the fatal shooting of a 57-year-old woman and her adult son and daughter as “tragic” because a church musician was charged with murder.

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said the suspect, William Conway Broyles, 57, was apprehended on Wednesday not far from the family home in North Florida.

Mr Leeper said he believed Mr Broyles shot his wife in the living room, while his 27-year-old daughter and 28-year-old son were shot in their bedrooms, shortly after they woke up.

The suspect reportedly called 911 shortly after the shooting and was found unarmed lying on the ground outside his home in the Spring Lake Estates neighborhood of Callahan.

Mr Broyles reportedly told MPs how “he shot every victim several times, just to make sure they weren’t in pain”, and that he was “too scared” to shoot himself.

“When asked why he didn’t just shoot himself, he said he was too scared to do it,” Mr. Lepper told News4Jax. “This case is just tragic. It’s just, it’s crazy. It just doesn’t make sense.”

According to local media, Mr. Broyles was taken to Nassau County Jail and charged with second degree murder on three counts. He had no history of domestic problems and no motive has been determined so far.

According to Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Mr. Broyles has been a music director and has worked at the church for 23 years.

He has been described as being “happily married” with three children and “three crazy Corgi puppies” and a man who enjoys “all kinds of outdoor activities”.

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