Clayton County

Father, daughter dead in apparent murder-suicide, Clayton County police say

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga — A father and daughter are dead after a Thanksgiving night murder-suicide, Clayton County police say.

Just after 9:30 p.m., police were called to perform a welfare check after a domestic dispute at a home in Riverdale. Police say they found Lionel Edwards’ car and chased after him, with Edwards leading officers into a cul-de-sac on the 8000 block of South Bay Court.

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Police tried to approach Edwards’ car when he drove off and hit a bush, forcing the car to stop. Officers say they then heard multiple shots come from the inside of the car.

After approaching the car, police found a girl in the front seat with multiple gunshot wounds, who had died. They also found Edwards, who had shot himself.

Edwards was taken to a hospital, where he died.


Police did not release the daughter’s identity.

Police continue to investigate this incident.

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