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Bodies of mother and her 3 kids found in Grand Forks home

The mom recently posted that she and her boys were struggling with mental illnesses.

A mother and her three children were found dead from gunshot wounds in their North Dakota home, in what was a possible murder-suicide.

The Grand Forks Police Department confirmed that the bodies of Arianna, 6, Aidan, 10, and Tyler Talmage, 14, were found dead at their home in the 1000 block of South 12 Street on Thursday morning.

Their 35-year-old mother, Astra Volk, was also found dead.

All four had died from gunshot wounds, with a handgun recovered at the scene.

The tragic discovery was made after a welfare check was requested by Lewis and Clark Elementary School, which the two younger Talmages attended.


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Police say that there is no wider threat to the public and no suspects are being sought at this time, though hasn't yet confirmed how the shooting unfolded.

In a GoFundMe page Volk started just last week, Volk states that she and "my boys suffer from mental illness, bi polar, manic depression, autism, etc." and that "we have all been hospitalized for this."

She said the family has money problems as her wages were being garnished for medical bills, and they had been using food shelves.

The Grand Forks Herald reports Volk had been in civil court three times in the past year for collections totaling to $3,700. She is believed to have lived alone with her children, having separated from her husband, the children's father.

It's not known how long the four had been dead before they were found by a School Resource Officer.

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