A suicide note, five bodies, six if you include the family dog. These are the things that were found inside the Short home in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. Mark and Megan Short were the parents of three beautiful children: Liana, 8-years-old, Mark Jr., 5-years-old; and Willow, 2-years-old. Some of you may remember the story of 2-year-old Willow, who had a heart transplant at only 6 days old. Both Mark and Megan we’re known for sharing the story of baby Willow’s operation and her healing process. The trauma of Willow’s illness eventually caused Megan to suffer from PTSD, for which she was taking Paxil.
According to reports, the relationship soon became volatile and the police were called on several occasions by Megan. Megan, herself said that her husband was abusive. In fact, a month before the murders, Megan called the police and told them that she was afraid of her husband. The reports state that the day after the police were called, Mark bought a .38 caliber handgun. Though they hadn’t filed for divorce, Megan and the children were set to move the day after they were killed.
The release of her Facebook messages clearly show a woman who was working on getting her life together. She hoped to make a better life for herself and her children. The day before she was set to move, Megan told family members that Mark was helping her and they should meet her at the new house. Unfortunately, she never made it. That night Mark shot her, their children, the family dog and then himself.
When police arrived at the house, they found the family and in the living room. The children were in their pajamas. This story absolutely breaks my heart. Like anyone, Megan never thought it would go this far. She only knew it was no longer safe for her or her children.
It breaks my heart to read and hear stories about victims who didn’t get out in time. I pray that if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you will seek the help that is out there for you. Remember, you are not in this alone! As always there are links below for you to read about this tragic ordeal.
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