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Cops: Man in Family Band Killed Brother, Mother

Bluegrass fiddle player allegedly tried to kill himself
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 16, 2017 6:37 AM CDT
Cops: Man in Family Band Killed Brother, Mother
Jacob is on the right in this photo from the band's Facebook page.   (Facebook)

Police are investigating a double homicide and attempted suicide involving members of a family band known for its bluegrass music. The Stark County Sheriff's Office in eastern Ohio says two family members are dead and a third, believed to be the shooter, has been taken to a Cleveland hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police investigating a 911 hang-up call Thursday afternoon arrived at the home of the Stockdale Family Band, where officers found 21-year-old James Stockdale and 54-year-old Kathryn Stockdale dead in the farmhouse. They believe 25-year-old Jacob Stockdale shot his brother and mother with a shotgun before turning the gun on himself, the AP reports.

Police haven't commented on a motive. Jacob was the band's fiddle player and James was the bass player, according to the band's website. Neighbors say they were a conservative, religious family and the shooting seems "out of place." Father Tim Stockdale, who also plays and sings in the band, fell to his knees weeping after arriving home from work and being told by police what had happened, the Canton Repository reports. Early Friday, Calvin Stockdale, older brother of James and Jacob, released a statement saying the family "appreciates the prayers and support we are receiving from our friends and the community." (More Ohio stories.)

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