Atwater, a law abiding citizen, with no criminal history shot his 30-year-old wife, Dawn and their three children, Ashley, age 4, Isaac, age 2, and Brady, age 1, once each in the head. Their bodies, along with that of Atwater, were found in the upstairs bedroom. Autopsies confirm that both a shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle were used.
"I can't believe this happened," said Atwater's grandmother, "We don't know what went on. He said they had marital problems, but we all have marital problems."