Story By: James King, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A Turkish shepherd has reportedly blasted his two young children with a shotgun before turning the firearm on himself after learning that his ex-wife had gained legal custody of them.
Erdogan Acar, 35, who worked as a shepherd in the village of Yakupabdal in the north-eastern Turkish province of Bayburt, refused to accept the court ruling as part of a divorce with his ex-partner.
The tragic accident happened in the early hours of the morning when villagers heard gunshots and rushed to the property.
According to reports, they discovered the two children, daughter Hatice, 8, and son Mucahit, 7, murdered with their father lying dead alongside them.
The villagers said the children went to the local primary school and had no idea that the father was capable of such a shocking act as he appeared to love them very much.
The three bodies were taken to the Bayburt State Hospital and a criminal investigation is continuing.
Local media said the mother had to be hospitalised for shock after collapsing when told the heartbreaking news.
The investigation continues.
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