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Police Reveal Names Of Kids Killed In Ponder Murder-Suicide

May 17, 2018 - 5:41 pm

PONDER (1080 KRLD) - Police have released the names of the three children that were killed in a murder-suicide in Ponder on Wednesday.

They are eight-year-old Odin Painter, six-year-old Caydence Painter and four-year-old Drake Painter. They lived with their father and attended Parkview Elementary School in the Keller ISD.

The school district says grief counselors are on campus for any student, faculty or staffer who needs them.

Justin Painter allegedly killed all three, shot their mother Amanda Simpson and killed her boyfriend Seth Richardson, before turning the gun on himself.

Simpson was the only one to survive and needs shoulder surgery.

She posted an emotional Facebook live video from her hospital room where she's seen clutching a photo of her kids.

As she recovers, her neighbors hope that she can feel their support. 

Officials say it all started when Simpson's ex-husband came to her home, hoping to reconcile.

In her video, Simpson claims her relationship with her ex was troubled, and she told a judge he was mentally unstable.

The Denton County Sheriff is assisting Ponder Police in the continuing investigation.

A GoFundMe link has been set up to assist the family with funeral and medical expenses.