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Tennessee mother, four adopted children killed in murder-suicide identified

Sheriff Bucky Rowland-FOX 17 News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -The Columbia mother and four children killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Monday night have been identified by Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland.

The children, all adopted, have been identified as 14-year-old boy Boli Lin, 14-year-old girl Meigin Lin, 15-year-old girl Lia Lin, and 17-year-old Kaileigh Lin.

Police say an adult male family member made the discovery last night then called police. Inside, Sheriff Rowland says the crime scene was spread throughout the home, with evidence indicating 55-year-old Cynthia Collier was responsible for the shootings and turned a gun on herself.

Investigators found two handguns in the home and some information left which Rowland described as "brief" and "indicates murder-suicide."

Other than the information and evidence left at the scene, Rowland said the home was clean and all indications were it was a loving home. "This appears to be a loving home. A motive would be very important to know why a mother would do this to her loved ones," Rowland said.

Collier was a stay at home mother who home-schooled her children according to Rowland. He added the father and husband has been interviewed following the shooting and he is not considered a suspect.

Rowland says there were no previous domestic incidents or calls to the home and they are still trying to determine motive. Rowland said at this point it appears to have been a mental health issue.

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