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Murder family in Goodlettsville identified after father ‘shot dead wife & daughter, aged 13 & 6 before killing himself’

The family of Goodlettsville who was killed in a suspected murder-suicide has been identified.

Father James Travis Pitts, 32, allegedly shot and killed his wife Barbara Pitts, 32, and daughters MaKayla Kleinert, 13, and Riley Pitts, 6, before killing himself.

James Travis Pitts dad allegedly killed his wife and two daughters in a murder-suicide

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James Travis Pitts dad allegedly killed his wife and two daughters in a murder-suicideCredit: Facebook / Travis Pitts
Barbara Pitts, 32, pictured with James Travis Pitts and their daughter

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Barbara Pitts, 32, pictured with James Travis Pitts and their daughterCredit: Facebook / Travis Pitts
A total of four people died in an apparent murder-suicide

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A total of four people died in an apparent murder-suicide

Pitts called 911 shortly before 6:30 a.m. Friday to tell dispatchers he shot his wife and child, said Brooke Reese, a spokeswoman for Nashville Police.

Dispatchers worked to keep him on the phone and negotiate with him while police rushed to the scene.

Police said the father told dispatchers he was experiencing mental health issues and planned to shoot himself when they arrived.

An off-duty cop on his way home went to Goodlettsville’s house and tried to talk Pitts over the PA system to get him to surrender.

However, officers later heard a single gunshot inside the home at 6.38 a.m. and found the man dead in the living room.

Officers later found the 6-year-old girl dead with a gunshot wound in her bedroom, before encountering her wife and teen.

Both were alive when found, however, the 13-year-old boy was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital and the woman died later in surgery.

Two dogs were also found in the home and animal control was at the scene to care for them.

Police said a suicide note and a Glock pistol were found in the home.

Neighbor Ronnie Van Kleeck told News 2: “It’s tragic, I mean it’s very sad.

“He must have just been photographed.”

A spokesperson for Metro Nashville Public Schools added: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our students, Joelton Elementary School student Riley Pitts.

“Our support team worked with the school to provide grief advice as they mourn the passing of a classmate.”

The couple married in 2014 and Pitts worked as a maintenance manager for the Nashville Rescue Mission, according to his Facebook account.

Nashville Rescue Mission issued the following statement to News 2: “What happened is a horrible tragedy.

“Our hearts are broken, and our employees are in shock at this devastating event. Right now, we are simply praying for this family and our staff as we grieve over this loss of life. this tragic loss.”

The couple got married in 2014

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The couple got married in 2014Credit: Facebook / Travis Pitts
The father called 911 on Friday morning before shooting himself

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The father called 911 on Friday morning before shooting himselfCredit: Facebook / Travis Pitts
A man next door "must have taken it"

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A neighbor whose man “definitely has been arrested”Credit: WSMV 4 Nashville

https://www.the-sun.com/news/4568202/goodlettsville-murder-suicide-shooting-2/ Murder family in Goodlettsville identified after father ‘shot dead wife & daughter, aged 13 & 6 before killing himself’

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