Glendale, MO (KMOV.com) -- Lt. Tim Fagan with the Major Case Squad has confirmed that the shooting deaths of a Glendale woman and her two young children is a case of murder-suicide.
Investigators from the Major Case Squad say that after exhaustive inquiry that they have reached the conclusion that Catherine Murch shot and killed her children Mitchell Murch III,10, and Mary Claire Murch, 8, before turning the gun on herself and taking her own life.
The shootings happened Monday morning in the 700 block of Hawbrook Road, in Glendale, Missouri a wealthy suburb about 10 miles west of St. Louis.
Mitchell Murch II called police Monday to say his wife Catherine, 42, had killed the couple's two children, then herself at the family residence.
Lt. Fagan says that Catherine Murch purchased a gun online just prior to the shootings.
Private funeral services for the family are Saturday at Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.