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Police: 3 dead in apparent murder-suicide in Wisconsin Rapids

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - Wisconsin Rapids police say a father and his two young children are dead following an apparent murder-suicide at a home early Wednesday.

Lt. Brian Krzykowski said the victims died of gunshot wounds and there was a "strong odor of natural gas" in the home when police arrived about 2:15 a.m. 

Krzykowski said a 3-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl and their 36-year-old father died in the home. The mother was not home at the time, he said, declining to elaborate why.

Police were summoned to the home in the 400 block of south 11th street to check on a reported distraught person, Krzykowski said in a statement.

It was unclear why natural gas was released into the home but officers were able to shut it off and open windows, the lieutenant said.

No other details were immediately released.

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