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Kansas City Father Fatally Shoots Wife and 'Intelligent, Confident' Son, 12, in Double-Murder-Suicide

Jerel D. McGeachy, Sr., Domonique A. McGeachy and their son, Jerel D. McGeachy, Jr. were found dead April 1

<p>Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook</p> Jerel D. McGeachy, Sr. (L); Domonique A. McGeachy and their son, Jerel D. McGeachy Jr. (R).

Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook

Jerel D. McGeachy, Sr. (L); Domonique A. McGeachy and their son, Jerel D. McGeachy Jr. (R).

Just hours before a 12-year-old boy was found shot dead with his deceased parents in a Kansas City, Mo., home, a post published to his social media account referenced parental conflict.

Now, police are investigating the case as a double-murder suicide by the child’s father, Jerel D. McGeachy, Sr., 38, a police officer with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Police found the three family members – each with “apparent bodily trauma” – dead inside a home, following a welfare check just after 9:45 a.m. Monday, April 1, per a set of press releases from the Kansas City Police Department.

Entering the home, officers came upon the 12-year-old boy, Jerel D. McGeachy, Jr., with a fatal gunshot wound, per police, who note that further into the home, they discovered the child’s mother, Domonique A. McGeachy, 38, with a fatal gunshot wound, as well as McGeachy, Sr., who “appeared to die as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

<p>Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook</p> Jerel D. McGeachy Jr. with his mother, Domonique A. McGeachy.

Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook

Jerel D. McGeachy Jr. with his mother, Domonique A. McGeachy.

Police are investigating the deaths of the mother and child as homicides, and per their latest press release said they are “not actively looking for anyone else involved,” although the investigation remains in its preliminary stage.

Both parents were employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where Domonique worked as a nurse.

In a photograph on her son’s Facebook page, Domonique is depicted smiling in the driver’s seat of a car dressed in a U.S. Army uniform.

<p>Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook</p> Domonique A. McGeachy

Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook

Domonique A. McGeachy

“We at VA are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” Department of Veterans Affairs press secretary Terrence L. Hayes said in an emailed statement to PEOPLE. “And our thoughts go out to the impacted family members, friends, and co-workers.”

In a post on the child’s social media account at 5:29 a.m. the same morning the family was found dead, references were made to discipline by the father, the mother’s decision to separate father from son and “differences” between the parents. (PEOPLE is not publishing the social media post in full as the provenance of the post and the circumstances surrounding its writing remain unclear.)

<p>Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook</p> Jerel D. McGeachy, Sr., with his namesake.

Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook

Jerel D. McGeachy, Sr., with his namesake.

PEOPLE reached out to police regarding that post.

In a set of emails, Sgt. Phil DiMartino did not directly reference the post, but tells PEOPLE: “Detectives are most certainly looking into every aspect of the case.”

<p>Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook</p> Jerel D. McGeachy Jr.

Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook

Jerel D. McGeachy Jr.

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In other recent social media posts, the 12-year-old mourned the recent loss of his paternal grandmother.

He also documented speeches he made about Black History Month at Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park in Topeka, Kan. and about Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Wichita, Kan. Eta Beta Lambda chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the country’s oldest intercollegiate historically Black fraternity.

<p>Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook</p> Jerel D. McGeachy, Jr. at Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park in Topeka, Kan.

Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook

Jerel D. McGeachy, Jr. at Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park in Topeka, Kan.

In a photograph he posted of himself leaning against the National Park Service podium, dressed in a red bowtie, blue sports jacket, and pressed khaki pants, the 12-year-old wrote: “As Black History Month 2024 draws to a close, I express my gratitude to Chris Ware for the privilege of being a keynote speaker at such an esteemed edifice.”

Following news of the child’s death, Ware reflected on Facebook: “I was amazed at how intelligent and confident he was.”

<p>Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook</p> Jerel D. McGeachy, Jr.

Jerel D. McGeachy Jr./Facebook

Jerel D. McGeachy, Jr.

The fraternity brothers similarly lauded the 12-year-old on Facebook for his “eloquent and moving oration at our Bro. Dr. MLK Luncheon.”

“His words inspired us all and left a lasting impact on our community,” the statement continues. “We are honored to have experienced his gift and we hope that his powerful message continues to inspire other young men to strive for greatness and positive change.”

The fraternity added they hoped the child's: "legacy live on in the hearts of those who were touched by his words and deeds.”

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