A former intern at NBC 4 New York and student at Boston University was fatally shot by her mother on Apr. 21.
The mother, 58-year-old Marsha Edwards shot both Erin Edwards, 20, and her brother Christopher Edwards II, 24, in their home near Atlanta, and then took her own life, authorities said, according to the Boston Globe.
NEW:Part of statement from Atlanta Mayor @KeishaBottoms re:Edwards family deaths.Chris,Erin worked/interned inEntertainment,Communications offices respectively:”(They) were beautiful,vibrant & brilliant young adults whom we had the pleasure of knowing their entire lives @wsbtv 5 pic.twitter.com/cWJZhpBCwN
— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) August 22, 2019
Marsha Edwards was the ex-wife of an important surgeon and civic leader in Atlanta, investigators believe.
Their bodies were found during a wellness check and Cobb County police identified the victims.
Christopher Edwards, the father, is the chairman of the Atlanta Housing Authority board. He received the tragic news on the evening of Aug. 21.
“Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made,” spokesman Jeff Dickerson said in an emailed statement to AJC.
According to the New York Post, Erin Edwards interned at NBC New York’s digital team this summer while on break from Boston University.
“All of us in the newsroom just shocked to hear this news,” anchor Stefan Holt said in a newscast Thursday.
“Erin was a special person—exuberant, cheerful, a gifted storyteller who just had a passion for journalism and it showed,” he said.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, along with her husband and others, all gave their condolences after they learned about the deaths.
“Derek and I join the greater Atlanta community in mourning the loss of three members of the beloved Edwards family,” Bottoms said. “Chris and Erin were beautiful, vibrant and brilliant young adults whom we had the pleasure of knowing their entire lives. They filled the lives of all who met them with joy, compassion, and kindness. May the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, be with the Edwards family and all who had the honor to have known them.”
— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) August 22, 2019
Police went into their home around 6 p.m on Apr. 21. Police have not yet determined when the shootings took place.
“Per investigators, evidence at the scene indicated that two victims were deceased due to gunshot wounds,” police spokeswoman Officer Sydney Melton said. “The suspect was also deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
In a statement obtained by AJC, Susan Grant, the vice-chairman of Morehouse’s Board of Trustees, said, in part: “We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences both to he, his family and his many friends. We will keep them in our prayers.”
Marsha, Christopher Edwards II and Erin were members of the National Association of Black Journalists, the organization released a statement about the incident that read in part, “NABJ extends its condolences, prayers and thoughts to the family, friends and colleagues of Marsha Edwards, Christopher Edwards II and Erin Edwards.”
Sarah Glover, The former president of the NABJ wrote her condolences Twitter, “In shock that these two promising young adults and budding @nabj media professionals are no longer with us. Rest In Peace, @evedwards621 @realcedwards2. I’m proud of them. Christopher reached out wk ago; Erin completed @NBCNewYork internship this summer,” she wrote.
In shock that these two promising young adults and budding @nabj media professionals are no longer with us. Rest In Peace, @evedwards621 @realcedwards2. I’m proud of them. Christopher reached out wk ago; Erin completed @NBCNewYork internship this summer ???? https://t.co/j2I0YjKlPj pic.twitter.com/XEsOzOdGdw
— Sarah Glover (@sarah4nabj) August 22, 2019
Police are still investigating the apparent double murder-suicide. Only two days before the tragedy, they appeared happy in a mother-daughter trip to Italy. Masha also had written on her Instagram account that she could “not ask for better children,” also mentioning that her son went recently to Miami.
— RAY BAEZ (@raybae689) August 23, 2019