Friday, September 19, 2014

Eight Is Enough

"BELL, FL — Deputies said a man shot and killed his daughter, his six grandchildren and himself inside a home in the small town of Bell in Gilchrist County on Thursday.

"Deputies identified the shooter as 51-year-old Don Spirit and his daughter as 28-year-old Sarah Spirit.

"Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz released the names of the victims. In addition to Sarah Spirit, they were: Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11; Kylie Kuhlmann, 9; Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8; Destiny Stewart, 5; Brandon Stewart, 4; and Alanna Stewart, who was born in June.

"Deputies said Don Spirit called 911 about 4 p.m., and referenced that he would harm people and himself.

"When deputies arrived at the home, which sits on a long dirt road on 29th Street, they said all seven victims were dead, and deputies confronted Spirit before he killed himself in front of the officers.

"During a news conference Friday morning, Gilchrist County's Superintendent of Schools, Rob Rankin, said, `We ask for prayers for our community in light of the tragic events.`"