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Man kills daughter, 6 grandchildren in N. Florida murder-suicide

A 51-year-old man killed his daughter and six grandchildren before killing himself in the small north Florida town of Bell on Thursday, authorities told WKMG-TV.

The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office said it received a 911 call around 4 p.m. Thursday from the suspect, saying he had harmed some people and was going to harm himself.

Deputies arrived at the scene and the suspect, identified as 51-year-old Don Charles Spirit, shot himself.

Inside the home the deputies found Spirit, his 28-year-old daughter, Sarah Lorraine Spirit, and his six grandchildren. Deputies said the victims were all shot.

The grandchildren were identified as 3-month-old Alanna Stewart, 4-year-old Brandon Stewart, 5-year-old Destiny Stewart, 8-year-old Johnathon Kuhlmann, 9-year-old Kylie Kuhlmann and 11-year-old Kaleb Kuhlmann.

Schultz said deputies have been called to the home before on multiple occasions and that Spirit does have a criminal history.

Schultz asked for prayers for the small community as it deals with the tragedy.

"This community will come together. We'll continue to be a family and we'll work through this," Schultz said.

Bell is a small town of just 350 people about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

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A 51-year-old man killed his daughter and six grandchildren before killing himself in the small north Florida town of Bell on Thursday, authorities told WKMG-TV.

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office said it received a 911 call around 4 p.m. Thursday from the suspect, saying he had harmed some people and was going to harm himself.

Deputies arrived at the scene and the suspect, identified as 51-year-old Don Charles Spirit, shot himself.

Inside the home the deputies found Spirit, his 28-year-old daughter, Sarah Lorraine Spirit, and his six grandchildren. Deputies said the victims were all shot.

The grandchildren were identified as 3-month-old Alanna Stewart, 4-year-old Brandon Stewart, 5-year-old Destiny Stewart, 8-year-old Johnathon Kuhlmann, 9-year-old Kylie Kuhlmann and 11-year-old Kaleb Kuhlmann.

Schultz said deputies have been called to the home before on multiple occasions and that Spirit does have a criminal history.

Schultz asked for prayers for the small community as it deals with the tragedy.

“This community will come together. We’ll continue to be a family and we’ll work through this,” Schultz said.

Bell is a small town of just 350 people about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

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