DUNDEE, Ore. -- Grief counselors were sent to a grade school in Dundee Friday to help friends of two children who were found dead Wednesday along with their mother in a murder-suicide committed by the father.
Randall Engels, 37, Amy Engels, 35, their son Jackson and their daughter Bailey were found shot to death after officers forced their way inside the home just before 5 a.m. on July 4, police said.
Amy Engels, and the two Engels children each died from gunshot wounds to the head, an autopsy showed Friday. Randall Engels died of a single gunshot to the head that was determined to be self-inflicted, according to investigators.
In a May divorce filing, Amy Engels asked for an emergency custody and parenting order, saying her husband had threatened to steal the kids. The order was denied. She had moved out of the home in April.
Counseling support was to be on hand at Dundee Elementary from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Counselors will also be available during those Monday hours at Chehalem Middle School.
A friend had alerted police after seeing something alarming on social media, according to Newberg-Dundee Police Capt. Jeff Kosmicki.
Police have not released details about that specific message, but KGW did find a comment that was posted on Randall's Facebook page around 4:30 a.m., Thursday which said, "If she's gone, I can't go on."
The friend requested a welfare check at the home, located near the intersection of 13th and Charles Street, Kosmicki said, and "when the officers arrived, they saw some evidence there had been a crime. That's what led them to force open the door."
A former neighbor of the family told KGW that she had witnessed the couple in heated arguments.
"It's just very sad. It's terrible. There were two small children," said former neighbor Rose Stephens. "It was a beautiful family. It's very heartbreaking,"
The family had lived in the town of Dundee for several years, according to Kosmicki.
Among the people who came by the home to pay their respects Thursday was an 11-year-old boy who said he went to school with Jackson.
"Jackson was a good friend, I will always miss him so much, I’ve known him since second grade," said Trevor Keely. "He lived a good life. God Bless."
”It breaks my heart to think that people would do this, It’s very sad," added Gloria Miller, who also knew the family. "I have four children of my own, I could never ever think of doing something like that.”