Law enforcement officials say a Bedford, New Hampshire, mother shot and killed her two young daughters and then took her own life.
Nina Obukhov, 34, and her two daughters, Katherine Obukhov, 8, and Elizabeth Obukhov, 6, were found dead in their home at 17 McAfee Farm Road on Saturday, according to a release issued Monday by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, state and Bedford police.
The medical examiner determined the cause of death of all three to be a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death of the children has been determined to be homicide. Nina Obukhov's manner of death is still pending investigation, but law enforcement officials said the information gathered so far shows that the deaths appear to be the result of a murder-suicide where Nina Obukhov shot and killed her two daughters and turned the gun on herself.
And as flowers and stuffed animals were placed by the mailbox, cleaning crews remained inside the home, a home which investigators had been called to in August 2013. Court documents reveal Alexey Obukhov, 54, was charged in a domestic assault against his wife Nina. The charges were later dropped when she refused to testify against him.
Obukhov, the owner of 619DW Guns & Ammo in neighboring Merrimack, sued Bedford's police chief last year after the Chief attempted to deny him his guns, saying "...the statements of the alleged victim coupled with the pictures led him to a conclusion that the Petitioner (Alexey Obukhov) is an unsuitable person."
That ruling was later overturned by the state Supreme Court. Investigators would not talk about that case.
"So far, investigators believe it was an apparent murder suicide where Nina shot her children and then shot herself. And I can't discuss anything regarding any prior circumstances. I'm not at liberty to discuss any of that," McCormack added.
Authorities tell necn that Alexey Obukhov made the 911 call. Police would not say where he is now, and an employee at his gun shop declined to comment.
Bedford Superintendent of Schools Chip McGee wrote an email Sunday to parents of children who attend Riddle Brook Elementary School to advise that additional counselors would be at the school Monday. The older of the two daughters was a third grader at the school.
The investigation is ongoing.