Murder-suicide family in Florida had financial problems

By Calvin Palmer

Police are treating the deaths of four people in a gated community in an upmarket suburb of Orlando, Florida, a murder suicide.

A cleaning woman discovered one body at the home in the Lakeside subdivision of Heathrow this morning.

She called police and deputies found the other three bodies, said Capt Dennis Lemma, a spokesman for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

The victims were identified as John Dillon Wood, 41; Cynthia Wood, 40; Aubrey Wood, 12; and Dillon Wood, 10.

Lemma said the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide and that investigators “don’t believe there’s anybody running around out there who did this.”

He added that the two vehicles parked outside the house, a black Jeep and blue Ford Expedition, had not moved since Friday.

Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said: “Wood apparently shot his entire family. It’s a huge tragedy. There’s no other way to describe it.”

Eslinger said the family was having financial issues.

Property records show Wood’s nearly 3,000-square-foot home built in 1999 was valued at almost $330,000.

Wood filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection in 2004, but the filing was converted to Chapter 7 in 2007, court records show. Wood had an upcoming status hearing in Orlando on August 11 regarding the bankruptcy case.

Neighbor Ed Evans said John Wood had worked at Lowe’s home improvement store, but more recently had been working for Dick’s Sporting Goods in Melbourne.

Cynthia Wood had recently lost her job, Evans said.

He described them as a “nice couple” and “the kids were just wonderful”.

[Based on reports in the Orlando Sentinel and Associated Press.]

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